Horticulture

Winery on sun power

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November 02, 2017

The use of renewable energy was only a matter of time for Scion Winery owner Rowland Milhinch.

The use of renewable energy was only a matter of time for Scion Winery owner Rowland Milhinch.

Mr Milhinch’s Rutherglen business is 90 per cent run on renewables and he said he had to go down that path when he came to a ‘‘serious’’ predicament.

‘‘We ran out of power as the business grew. We got to the point where we were turning off the coffee machine to crush grapes,’’ Mr Milhinch said.

Another reason for adopting renewables was because of the sun northern Victoria gets.

‘‘The sun-drenched area is why we have gone down this path.’’

Mr Milhinch said a shed he built himself was where all the information was stored.

‘‘The shed is the brains of everything. It has a module inside that shows how much power we have,’’ he said.

Scion Winery has 15kW of solar panels installed and a back-up generator.

‘‘The back-up generator is used five per cent of the time,’’ Mr Milhinch said.

‘‘It is only used in peak periods for an hour a day for two weeks (of the year).’’

Mr Milhinch said he would be looking to completely get off the grid by adding batteries and producing wind power from a windmill on the property.

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