Fire-Torn Northern California Becomes ‘Living Lab’ for Microgrids

By [email protected] When Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards & Winery looked to build out a new property in the Mayacamas Mountains straddling Napa and Sonoma counties, the owners found themselves in a multimillion dollar quandary.

The secluded spot made it an excellent site for a vineyard, but it would cost Pacific Gas & Electric a lot of money to run the 480-volt three-phase power lines to the property to run the necessary winery equipment. In order to make it work, Mac and Leslie McQuown had to find a more economical way.

Stone Edge isn’t the typical farm. It’s a 16-acre property that

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