As a commitment to preserving the environment, Bowers Harbor Vineyards recently invested in a solar energy system, installed by Harvest Energy Solutions.
When Spencer Stegenga, proprietor of Bowers Harbor Vineyards, looks to the future he wants the best for his sons and future generations. He has been diligent to do his part and willing to invest in environmentally friendly practices to protect the land and waterways around the family business. “We have been committed to the most environmentally friendly practices in our vineyards since we opened in 1991; we compost, recycle, carpool and create habitats for numerous creatures on our property” states Stegenga.
As Bowers Harbor Vineyards celebrates their 25th anniversary, they have taken their environmental practices up a level. Stegenga mentions, “The tasting room is now entirely powered by the new solar panels installed on the property. It was the logical next step to our commitment to green and friendly energy solutions here at Bowers Harbor Vineyards.”
Harvest Energy, a Michigan-based solar energy distributor, installed the 18kW rooftop system that supports the energy used in the tasting room. “We truly enjoy working with the fruit growers (and wineries) in Michigan to design a solar energy system that meets their needs,” said Mark Olinyk, President and CEO of Harvest Energy Solutions.
Bowers Harbor Vineyards is Environmentally Verified in both Farmstead Management and Crop and Soils by the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is an innovative, proactive and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
With all of the green efforts and the installation of the new solar panels, Bowers Harbor Vineyards is now able to provide a completely sustainable product, from grapes to glass.
Bowers Harbor Vineyards' own proprietor, Spencer Stegenga, is trying to strengthen Michigan's clean energy commitment. In a letter sent to Representative Larry Inman, Representative Aric Nesbitt and Senator Mike Nofs, Spencer and fellow northern Michigan business owners, Marie Dalese (Chateau Chantal) and Justin Rashid (American Spoon Foods, Inc.), spoke about the importance of the clean energy movement in Michigan.
Here is an excerpt:
If clean renewable energy goals disappear, so will the progress Michigan businesses have made. Through energy efficiency, businesses are saving money on their utility bills, meaning they can create jobs, expand and continue to invest in our state. And for families, energy efficiency means we get to keep more of our hard-earned money.
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