Jackson Family Wines and Tesla: Creating Transversal Partnerships

Jackson Family Wines and Tesla: Creating Transversal Partnerships

Here is an excellent example of a win-win partnership that will hopefully pave the way for many more. It all started with two needs:

  • The JFW need to have a more sustainable energy consumption, and reduce costs.
    The need for Tesla to have a concrete case study to adapt its know-how regarding electrical batteries.
  • Tesla Energy approached JFW to be one of 100 selected pilots for a stationary storage solution and received a positive response. After agreeing to commitments, JFW and Tesla Energy began systematically evaluating all potential winery locations for peak electricity demand. They also right sized the battery systems to shave as much peak as possible, maximizing energy usage efficiency and helping to stabilize the local electric grid.

JFW was the first wine company to install Tesla’s stationary energy storage systems, and is currently one of Tesla’s largest installations. The batteries are installed at six wineries throughout California, including Kendall-Jackson in Sonoma and Napa, La Crema and Stonestreet in Sonoma, and Carmel Road in Monterey. The Tesla battery packs help offset some of the most costly — and energy intensive — wine-making practices such as refrigeration and cooling, compressed air, lighting, and process water treatment. The Tesla battery packs are expected to reduce electricity costs across the pilot wineries by up to 10%.

The company’s sustainable energy management goal is to source 50% of annual winery electricity usage from onsite renewables by 2021. The Tesla solution contributes to JFW offsetting about 40% of annual winery electricity usage from onsite renewable generation and storage. The installations work in conjunction with the 6.5 megawatts of onsite solar generation installed last year across eight JFW wineries in California that now generate 9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. JFW says that the integration with the Tesla battery systems will result in about $2 million in savings each year.

This partnership demonstrates that energy storage is a viable option for wineries to provide significant cost savings. As a result of the deployment, and the subsequent performance data collection and analysis, JFW will be able to explore the development of self-sustaining microgrids that use on-site solar systems to generate electricity during the day, and run their wineries at night using excess solar electricity stored in the Tesla Energy batteries. (1)

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