Published: Monday, February 1, 2010
By Marcella Peyre-Ferry, Journal Register News Service
LOWER OXFORD — The latest in solar energy technology is proving to be a good mix with even the oldest of businesses. Historic Hopewell Vineyards is undertaking the installation of a new solar energy system that will give it enough power to survive upcoming electricity rate increases, and sell back energy to the power company until the business grows to the point where it will be using the entire electrical output.Founded in 2002 by Karen and Anthony Mangus, the vineyard currently has 13 acres in production with eight varieties of wine grapes. Last year the vineyard produced 58 tons of grapes, which were sold to three Pennsylvania wineries for processing into wine.
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