27 Jul, 2017 @ 15:00
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Mallorca winery runs on 100% solar-powered energy

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A MALLORCA winery is operating on 100% renewable energy. The 1,300-metre-square Son Juliana bodega is set just below the spectacular Tramuntana mountain range between Santa Eugenia and Biniali.

Built in just 15 days, the winery is the brainchild of local architects Munarq Arquitectes. Cork-insulated roofs allow a stable temperature for the wine to be stored, with some 40,000 litres a year currently produced.

“They were in a hurry, so because of this we built in a prefab concrete structure, built in 15 days,” revealed a spokesperson. “We used a prefab concrete structure, and local and natural materials like mares – a local sandy stone – in the exterior facades, and ceramic bricks for the interior finishing walls.

“What is unusual is that it is 100% renewable energy powered and not connected to the net.” The linear building has a concrete base which is covered in mares-stone. Wine is bottled and labelled at the west end of the building then stored in a cool area near the entrance.

The winery is located in the basement, because it requires a special temperature and humidity conditions. The retaining walls are stone to take advantage of the thermal mass and soil moisture that remained during the summer. The ventilation and temperature is carried through pipes connected to geothermal heat pumps.


  1. Although the heading of this piece highlights the use of solar power, the only type of alternative energy mentioned in the article are geo-thermal heat pumps.
    Were solar power to be used, the power companies would have plenty to say about it, as the Olive Press has reported many times and correspondents on this site have complained bitterly about.

  2. Nice to hear a positive story but I agree with Stefanjo.
    No photos of any pv panels, batteries or inverter – a breakdown of the power produced by individual sources would have nice. The article really grabs attention but sadly peters out when it comed to detail.

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