About Récolte Energy

Focusing on transforming energy systems, supporting businesses in their regenerative efforts, and creating forward-thinking solutions, Récolte Energy is led by a passion for environmental progress, innovative practices, and local advocacy.

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Providing Energy & Strategic Consulting Services

Récolte Energy is a Napa Valley based renewable energy consulting firm, founded in 2004 by Gopal Shanker.

We develop turn-key renewable energy projects, using solar photovoltaic, fuel cell, and energy storage systems, for private and public sector clients. We do feasibility studies, develop Request for Proposals, evaluate proposals, negotiate terms with vendors, provide project management support and vendor oversight during construction, and manage utility rebate, interconnection, and billing tasks.

We are technology-, financing-, and vendor-neutral, Owner’s Representatives. We maintain our objectivity by accepting payment only from you – our client. We use your assumptions and evaluation criteria to identify the most suitable project, technology, financing method, and vendor to maximize your return on investment and reduce your energy bills.


Although we represent your interests, we work collaboratively with vendors. We want them to remain viable and customer-oriented businesses that can fulfill their performance guarantee and warranty obligations.

Here are some examples of what we have accomplished with our clients and partners:

Saintsbury winery’s solar photovoltaic (PV) system was the first to be approved in May 2007 for installation in a utility easement by the California Public Utilities Commission. This approval can potentially be used to justify the development of more PV systems under overhead transmission lines.

Far Niente winery installed the world’s first commercial floating PV system in February 2008 and was Bank of America’s first solar lessee. Far Niente’s motivation for installing solar over its pond was to minimize the number of vines it would have to take out of production. Along the way, we learned that solar was good for the pond and vice versa. Clearly others got the message, because by September 2018, according to the World Bank, 1,097 MW of floating PV had been installed globally.

The Gasser Foundation’s PV system was financed with the first power purchase agreement (PPA) to be developed for a small non-profit in October 2008. There are others offering non-profit solar PPAs today.

Sutter Home winery’s fuel cell project built by Bloom Energy in September 2011 was the first large scale fuel cell installation in the wine industry. Sutter Home was also Bloom Energy’s first PPA customer.

Napa Sanitation District’s 1 MW battery storage project was installed by Tesla in March 2016 with no upfront investment from Napa Sanitation District, in exchange for shared bill savings. Mainspring’s 230 kW linear generator installed at Napa Sanitation District in March 2024 is the world’s first linear generator to run on biogas produced onsite by a wastewater treatment plant. It was financed with a PPA with no upfront costs. Napa Sanitation District’s 1 MW PV system and Napa Valley Unified School District’s PV systems for its middle schools were installed under PPAs with 0% escalators.


Between January 2007 and February 2014, Récolte Energy worked on getting a California law changed, a CPUC decision approved, and a PG&E tariff (NEMA – Net Energy Meter Aggregation) passed. As a result, a customer with multiple meters on adjacent or contiguous properties can offset the combined loads of his meters with a single renewable energy system. As of August 2023, according to the CPUC, there are approximately 13,000 NEMA projects totaling 1,000 MW installed in California.

In January 2007, Récolte Energy proposed new strategic and tactical goals for Napa County. The strategic goal was to become an eco-restoration destination and the tactical goal was to become a net exporter of clean energy. Récolte Energy has moved Napa County towards the >100% renewable goal by removing the obstacles as described above and helping to bring in MCE as an alternative to PG&E. As a result, we are 60% renewable today (we would have been 33% had we remained with PG&E), are on track to get to be 100% renewable in a few years, and have the option of opting up to be 100% renewable now for an additional cost of 1 cent for every kWh consumed.

Napa County was among the first four counties in California to comply with AB 1236 countywide and streamline the permitting process for installing electric vehicle charging stations. For Earth Day 2021, Gopal accepted a Gold Medal in the Zero Emission Vehicle Permitting Olympics on Napa County’s behalf from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

The Sierra Club of Napa and Récolte Energy have been organizing Drive Electric events as part of National Drive Electric Week and Drive Electric Earth Day since September 2018.

Napa Climate Now! named Gopal Shanker 2019 Napa Climate Champion in recognition of his efforts.

Récolte Energy’s current efforts include:

  • Getting SolarAPP+ – to automate home solar permitting – implemented throughout Napa County
  • Encouraging residents to implement zero- or low- cost measures to electrify their homes, make them more energy efficient and comfortable, and reduce their utility bills
  • Promoting the planting of Miyawaki Forests



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Gopal has been instrumental in making our solar microgrid system finally become a reality. Gopal is second to none when it comes to knowledge of the industry and he offers his full commitment to the project. His knowledge in navigating the permitting processing and asking the correct questions proved invaluable. He advocates for the best for his client and I cannot see this project having gone through to the finish without his expertise.

Georg Salzner - President, Castello di Amorosa

Napa Sanitation District partnered with Récolte Energy to develop renewal energy projects including a photovoltaic system and a biogas-based linear generator. Gopal possesses an understanding of the energy sector, including renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency strategies. His ability to analyze complex energy systems, identify opportunities for partnerships, and develop innovative solutions is truly impressive. Whether it’s developing energy efficiency measures or advising on renewable energy projects, Gopal consistently delivered results that drove tangible benefits for Napa Sanitation District.

Andrew Damron, PE | General Manager / District Engineer | Napa Sanitation District

You have been the most dedicated Business Industry Partner I have had supporting my Alternative Energy Class pathway for 10 years now . You helped to start this class. I don't think it ever would have started if it wasn't for your inspiring speeches! I would like to give you an award from Napa County Office of Education for supporting my CTE pathway. I would love to honor your dedication and the incredible amount of time that you have volunteered to support our Napa County students!

Heather Brooks - Teacher, Calistoga High School and Former Teacher, Vintage High School

Gopal Shanker was an invaluable resource in the development of our renewable energy systems and continues to be so in the management of them. In 2006, Far Niente Winery embarked on an ambitious project to develop and install the world’s first floating grid-connected solar photovoltaic system atop an irrigation pond. The complications of this remarkable and pioneering project were manifest, spanning technical, regulatory, utility company, and local government domains. Gopal diligently provided advice and solutions through the application, design and building processes and contributed significantly to the successful completion of the project... Read More

Greg Allen - Former President and Winemaker, Dolce Winery

and Larry Maguire - Vice Chairman and President Emeritus, Far Niente Winery

When it comes to sustainability in Napa County, and even beyond at the state policy level, Gopal Shanker is a steadfast visionary and implementer.

Over ten years ago he coined the expression “Eco Restoration Destination” for Napa County and has been hard at work turning vision to reality ever since.  We are blessed to have him and his exceptional family in our community.

Henry Gundling | Vice-President, The Gasser Foundation | Former President, Sustainable Napa County

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