November 26, 2020: Californian winemaker Domaine Carneros has chosen French energy company EDF Renewables to install a microgrid with solar and battery storage to power the entire facility in the event of a power outage, EDF announced on November 12.
The winemaker is set on six ranches within four miles of its chateau on 400 acres at the southern end of the Napa Valley.
The installation is an example of the growing number of microgrids being seen by businesses as a key part of their power stability. This is particularly pertinent in California, where every year wildfires knock out power and ravage thousands of acres.
This year was one of the worst on record, destroying grapevines all over Napa and Sonoma wine counties.
“The resilient solution is part of a portfolio of microgrid projects that EDF Renewables is deploying with public and private entities throughout California,” said EDF’s EVP of distributed solutions and strategy Raphael Declercq.
“The power shut offs and California’s rolling blackouts are emblematic of trends in prolonged power outages occurring in the wake of extreme weather events.”
Navigant Research says a total of 4,200MW in global microgrid capacity would be deployed this year, led by the Asia-Pacific region with around 1,500MW and North America with about 1,100MW.
By 2024, the firm predicts this will rise to 7,500MW worldwide, with Asia-Pacific contributing around 2,400MW and North America surpassing it with 3,000MW.