Repost: World’s Biggest Coal Company Closes 37 Mines as Solar Prices Plummet

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

Why Cannabis Rebates?

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?

5 Pitfalls in Cannabis Lighting 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

Coal is Big. Solar’s Bigger. But energy efficiency is the biggest of all. (ACEEE Article)

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)

repost Forbes.com: Cannabis growth: faster than the dot-coms

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

Repost: Utilitydive.com article on Marijuana, Energy, Utility Rebates, LEDs

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

Just how much energy does it take to grow a little weed?

Originally posted on cannabislease:
“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.…

Just how much energy does it take to grow a little weed?

“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?