The initiative is part of the recently launched campaign Enjoy Wine, Go Solar, and will benefit over 200 students enrolled in the Santa Laura de Lo Figueroa School, as well as teachers and administrative staff.
The first days of March, Palo Alto inaugurated a new renewable energy project together with authorities of the Municipality of Pencahue and the Santa Laura de Lo Figueroa School, as well as teachers and students. This initiative -developed with the technical support of Tesla– will provide greater energy efficiency to the school and hot water in its dressing rooms without any additional cost for them or for the environment.
The project included the installation of 16 photovoltaic panels and a three-phase inverter, in addition to three heat pumps to provide hot water. The system, as a whole, will allow the generation of 8 Megawatt-hours per year, electricity to cover the consumption of the three solar pumps as well as any other energy requirement of the school, reducing the monthly expense.
“With this initiative we hope to make a concrete contribution to the community and the environment in this area of the Maule Valley. We understand that, in order to yield fruits, this is an effort that must be maintained over time, so we will be happy to review new proposals for development and support for this area, which is so close to us,” said Martin Cuthbert, Marketing Manager of Quinta de Maipo, wine group to which Palo Alto belongs.
“This improvement will change our lives positively, which means a lot to us. We are very grateful to Palo Alto for having contributed in this way, it is something admirable,” said Luis Amigo, principal of Santa Laura de Lo Figueroa School.
Since its inception in 2006, Viña Palo Alto has carried out a series of initiatives that seek to improve the conditions of the community and its environment. This not only in those places surrounding its vineyards and wineries, but also in different areas of the country where it detects a need.