Oregon winery has enough solar panels to power 100 homes

EUGENE, Ore. -- A winery outside of Eugene is positioning itself as a leader in producing solar electricity.

King Estate winery has a larger solar facility than any winery in the Pacific Northwest with more than 4,000 solar panels on four acres of land.

The solar panels produce enough electricity to power 100 homes in Lane County.

"Just how people in the past have developed new forms of energy, built bridges, built communities, we have an obligation to building the future like experiments like this," said Ed King of King Estate.

The winery used local installers from Oregon, including SolarCity and Advanced Energy Systems.

King said some parts of the panels came also came from global suppliers, including manufacturers in Germany and Asia.

"We'd love to see home grown everything, but the reality is that solar will be a global market, and so what we want is the most solar efficient equipment we can get," said King.

Construction of the solar patch began last October and the panels went live in March.

King said their hope is to encourage others to develop sustainability practices.

"I think it's important that we experiment in the present to make life better in the future," he said.