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Verde Vineyards, Johnston, RI

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Verde Vineyards: A Clean Energy Story
Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
September 22, 2021
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Verde Vineyards, located in Johnston, Rhode Island, is unique for its traditional wine making techniques, hand-picked grapes, open fermentation and oak barrel aging. Jim Verde opened the farm after retiring from his job as a teacher, turning his passion for winemaking into a business.

Mr. Verde has implemented three different clean energy projects: a 10.56 kW ground mounted solar system, a 40 kWh battery back-up system and geothermal heat pumps. As a result of these systems working together, the farm is 100% powered by renewable energy. Mr. Verde no longer worries when the power goes out – the batteries automatically turn on and keeps the wine cool and the lights on without any intervention.

Verde Vineyards received an award from the state's Agricultural Energy Grant program (administered by the RI Office of Energy Resources and Department of Environmental Management) supporting both the battery installation and an upgrade to its solar inverters. The farm received an additional grant award from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program (USDA-REAP).

Rooted in Tradition: For vintner Verde, working the grapevines is a way of life
Laura Colantonio
Valley Breeze
December 2, 2020
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The Best Winery In Every State: Calling all wine connoisseurs!
Taylor Mead
House Beautiful
September 11, 2018
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Baffoni's Poultry Farm, Verde Vineyards welcome Langevin during local food tour
Dan Kittredge
Johnston Sunrise
February 27, 2014
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The Science of Winemaking: A successful experiment in Johnston
Emily Dietsch
Providence Monthly
December 26, 2012
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Photo Story: Verde Vineyards
Bob Thayer
The Providence Journal
October 29, 2012
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Vintage Johnston: Verde Vineyards creates local wine
Meg Fraser
Johnston Sunrise
October 11, 2012
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Verde Vineyards: A beautiful vineyard in an unexpected Johnston location
The Rhode Show: The Rhode Less Traveled
October 2, 2012