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Featured Project Foster's Solar Installation
also: Conn Creek, Heating & Cooling Tips, Lutron Training
Knights' part in Wine Country's largest solar energy system
2.8 Megawatts of Solar Online at Foster’s Wine Estate Properties
Stag's Leap Winery, Napa / Photo Credit Stellar Energy Solutions
Stags' Leap Winery, Napa / Photo credit Stellar Energy Solutions

Knights' Electric was recently subcontracted to help provide electrical services in the largest solar installation in Wine Country history. Knights' Electric ran all of the wiring and conduits from the combiner boxes on the roofs down to the switchgear, installed the inverters and disconnects and assembled and installed the monitoring equipment on a massive project that encompassed four Foster's Wine Estates properties.

With 2.8 megawatts of solar now online at Asti, Etude, Stags' Leap, and Beringer wineries, the project is not only massive on a local scale, but one of the largest deployments of photovoltaics in California. The project will produce 3.8 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity per year. At 1.34 megawatts, the array at Beringer is the largest total solar energy system in the U.S. wine industry.

"This is one of the largest contracts we've done at Knights' Electric and it certainly had its share of challenges," said Project Manager Rich Freitas. "All-in-all, I think we did an excellent job executing this project which consisted of simultaneously working at all four sites. We really pulled together to meet the schedule and we managed to complete the entire project in just four months."

The combined system occupies 400,000 square feet of total rooftop structures and will eliminate 2.0 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year from the environment equating to the removal of 183 passenger cars from the roads each year and more than 150,000 trees needed to eliminate this amount of CO2 from the environment per year.

Beringer Winery, Napa Valley / Photo credit Stellar Energy Solutions
Beringer Winery, Napa Valley / Photo credit Stellar Energy Solutions
Conn Creek - since day one
The AVA Room at Conn Creek Winery, St. Helena, California
The AVA Room at Conn Creek Winery, St. Helena, California

Scott Jacobsen, Maintenance/Safety/Environmental Specialist at Conn Creek Winery in St. Helena has worked with Knights' Electric since Bob Knight started the business in 1976.

Whether it be an emergency service call, planned project or supplying a specific electrical part, Knights has been there to assist Jacobsen however, whenever possible. "Their design/build projects are unsurpassed in this area. Their TEGG program is a valuable addition to their portfolio of services. The personnel I have worked with were extremely knowledgeable and helped me greatly with my own electrical skills and troubleshooting," added Jacobsen.

As TEGG service providers, Knights' Electric is uniquely capable of providing services and service contracts to maintain, repair and protect customer’s electrical power service systems from costly electrical failures and downtime while monitoring and maintaining power quality for the customer’s facility. Knights' is not required to provide TEGG Services as an Electric Contractor, but they believe in the level of knowledge and skill required to be an authorized TEGG provider.

"The nice thing about TEGG Services is that it’s so beneficial to the customer for safety, reliability and power quality," says Michael Ragsdale, General Manager of TEGG Services for Knights', "And customers can also save money by using TEGG Services to properly maintain their power system." There are many benefits to working with such an experienced, knowledgeable team like Knights' explained Jacobsen, "I continue to work with Knights' for their degree of knowledge and workmanship. I am comfortable knowing that they stay on top of all the new technologies and regulations. I would, and have, recommended Knights' to others. Their professionalism needs to be shared."

“Their TEGG program is a valuable addition to their portfolio of services. The personnel I have worked with were extremely knowledgeable and helped me greatly with my own electrical skills and troubleshooting. They excel in all areas of electrical distribution, power and motor controls”
- Scott Jacobsen, Conn Creek Winery
Heating & Cooling Tips

  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • During the cooling season, keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain.

Provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Knights' Jason Harden attends training at Lutron Electronics, Inc. Control Institute
Stags' Leap Winery, Napa / Photo Credit Stellar Energy Solutions
(left) Jason Harden, (right) Lutron Electronics, Inc. Control Institute Classroom

Knights' Electric is now offering Lutron programming services thanks to Residential Project Manager, Jason Harden’s recent training at the Lutron Electronics, Inc. Control Institute in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Harden’s training will reduce the need to outsource expertise, which brings Knights’ one step closer to becoming a full service Lutron provider.

"I was surprised to learn the ultimate and total level of control that can be implemented in this system: from garage doors, sprinklers, vacation settings, security, etc," explained Harden. The week long course covered residential programming for all types of Lutron Systems, ranging from lighting control to window shades.

Lutron, the leading manufacturer of lighting controls worldwide, offers a variety of workshops for industry professionals at several locations nationwide focusing on selling, specification, installation and programming.

“Electricity is really just organized lightning.” - George Carlin

Two atoms were walking down the street one day, when one of them exclaimed, “Oh no - I’ve lost an electron!” “Are you sure?” the other one asked. “Yes,” replied the first one, “I’m positive!”