I was previously an electric utility energy efficiency analyst. If you know what that means, you must be utility staff and this article is for you! I became fascinated with the enormous electric consumption of the newly-legalized cannabis industry in my home state, Washington. For the past three years, I’ve focused solely on reducing the … More A Utility Grow-Lamp Cheat Sheet
I love press coverage such as this article about renewables giving fossil fuels a run for their money through pure economics. Because solar is now so cost competitive, the need for outside stimulus (such as rebates and tax credits) are becoming less necessary. We know renewable incentives are slated to sunset within a few years. Now … More Repost: World’s Biggest Coal Company Closes 37 Mines as Solar Prices Plummet
Growers can receive financial assistance to purchase efficient lighting. However, many remain puzzled at why exactly their electric utility is writing them a check. As one recently licensed grower stated, “I’ve been hiding from my utility for decades. Why should they give me money now?!” Below is my effort to explain the logic. Resources are … More Why Cannabis Rebates?
Electric utilities frequently offer cash rebates to growers purchasing efficient grow lights for cannabis. However, it is easy to unknowingly reduce the rebate amount or add time and complexity to the process. Avoid the following mistakes: Mistake 1: Unreasonable Cash Flow Expectations Utilities pay rebates for grow lights only after they are installed and operational. … More 5 Pitfalls in Cannabis Lighting Rebates
Buying grow lights and want the expensive, energy efficient ones? Heard of energy rebates but don’t know where to start, who to ask, or why someone would pay you to use less energy?
This article is intended to introduce cannabis growers to the energy rebate process and what to expect. … More Grow Lamp Rebates 101 – A Beginners Guide
Reposting directly from ACEEE.org. By Jim Barrett, Chief Economist The New York Times recently reported that the solar industry now employs more people than the coal industry. It made the point well by featuring the accompanying graphic, based on Department of Energy data that track employment in various energy sectors: This finding is … More Coal is Big. Solar’s Bigger. But energy efficiency is the biggest of all. (ACEEE Article)
Published in Forbes.com http://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2017/01/03/marijuana-sales-totaled-6-7-billion-in-2016/#5ef7c5801871 North American marijuana sales grew by an unprecedented 30% in 2016 to $6.7 billion as the legal market expands in the U.S. and Canada, according to a new report by Arcview Market Research. North American sales are projected to top $20.2 billion by 2021 assuming a compound annual growth rate of 25%. The report … More repost Forbes.com: Cannabis growth: faster than the dot-coms
The good news is that efficient lights can cut energy intensity in half and local electric utilities will help pay for most of the added upfront cost through energy rebates!
This article from utilitydive.com features some friends of ours from Bellingham. Congrats to Juddy and Danielle for their continued success http://www.utilitydive.com/news/marijuana-growers-are-seeing-the-led-light-on-energy-efficiency/431991/ When Juddy and Danielle Rosellison built their marijuana grow operation in 2014, using LED lighting wasn’t as widely accepted as it is today. And that’s saying something, because it’s still not widely accepted. Despite some uncertainty, … More Repost: Utilitydive.com article on Marijuana, Energy, Utility Rebates, LEDs
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“There are very few other businesses that can use as much energy,” says Ron Flax, a sustainability official in Boulder County, Colorado. http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/getting-baked/Content?oid=16246263 Researcher Evan Mills found that emissions caused by one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of pot are roughly equal to driving across the country seven times in a fuel-efficient car.…
4 new Columbia Towers’ worth of new power demand! …that’s how big the loads from Seattle Cannabis grows could be according to Seattle City Light. (Gulp!) (Jump to 0m53s, or watch the full 2 min video below.) (Source: www.komonews.com)
This post went out in the form of a newsletter last week and got some good dialogue going. Turns out nobody has ever heard of HB1896 before! There has been so little chatter about it that google results return a post to my own blog from the “no you cannot sell my data” post. So, … More The Day the Data Died – repost
Creative financing provides a valuable workaround for energy efficient growing equipment for marijuana growers in Washington State. Energy and maintenance costs for non-efficient lighting can cost $1-2 per gram of final product – as much as a grower might hope to make in profit. Seinergy LLC hopes to change this equation by helping growers save … More Creative Finance for Grow Lights
Incentives or financing? Which is best for you? Utility incentives are great! ..right?! Yes… if you can front the full cost. And if you enjoy paperwork and have a solid grasp of the pitfalls of securing a good energy rebate from your utility. 0% lease option with $0 down? Sounds too good to be true? … More Incentives OR financing?
“There are very few other businesses that can use as much energy,” says Ron Flax, a sustainability official in Boulder County, Colorado. http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/getting-baked/Content?oid=16246263 Researcher Evan Mills found that emissions caused by one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of pot are roughly equal to driving across the country seven times in a fuel-efficient car. http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/getting-baked/Content?oid=16246263 “Agrijuana … uses … More Just how much energy does it take to grow a little weed?