10 Aug '11, 3pm

Oso Libre: Winery Fights County to Use Renewable Energy, Wins! on @TreeHugger #winewednesday

Oso Libre: Winery Fights County to Use Renewable Energy, Wins! on @TreeHugger #winewednesday

Chris and Linda Behr (pronounced like bear) purchased the homestead, located on Paso's somewhat-controversial west side , back in 1996 and began planting in 2000. While the Behr family never had grand designs on being an eco-friendly winery, a simple wind generator changed their perspective when its installation was met with opposition by the winery's NIMBY neighbors. "It got us into the eco-mode because the Sierra Club came to defend us, the bicycle riding committees, all of them," admits Chris. Working closely with these clubs made the Behr's a lot more conscious about their environmental impact. The pesky wind generator. Photo via Oso Libre While some of the neighbor's concerns were more or less common, quite a few were down right odd--like proving the windmill would not deter cyclists, or kill firefighters! "One winery said we don't think the Behrs should be responsibl...

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