Cannabis cultivators are discovering that resource efficiency and profitability go hand in hand. Just ask Juddy Rosellison, co-owner of Trail Blazin’ Productions in Bellingham, Washington, and speaker at last fall’s Seattle Cannabis Energy + Water Summit, hosted by the Resource Innovation Institute. Juddy and his wife Danielle recently decided to take advantage of a construction rebate from Puget Sound Energy, which helped reduce installation costs of new energy-efficient LED lighting for their cultivation operation.
The Rosellisons were quickly rewarded for their forward thinking. Energy costs can account for roughly 40% of an indoor cultivator’s total expenses. After installing new LEDs, the business owners cut these operational costs in half. In addition, they have also lowered their cooling bill, as they no longer need to monitor the high temperatures created by traditional high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights. Because energy costs recur monthly, the Rosellisons will continue to reap the financial benefits of their move toward energy efficiency, all without affecting the quality of their product.
Energy efficiency rebates, like the one used by the Rosellisons, are frequently offered by utilities. However, cultivators are often unaware of their existence or are unsure how to go about claiming them. This is where Resource Innovation Institute (RII) comes in. We are creating a comprehensive list of rebates available by state and can help you determine if your cultivation operation qualifies to become a rebate recipient. New rebates are also being created, with RII support, as utilities and the industry interact and review data more regularly.
The total magnitude of energy usage in cannabis production is not yet fully understood. For decades, industry activities took place in the darkness, circumventing the law, and also any discussion about the large-scale energy use associated with cannabis cultivation. Legalization, however, has opened the door for honest, transparent discussion between cultivators and utilities regarding energy-efficient production. Some are reluctant to invest in energy-efficient cultivation technology due to financial concerns. However, as cultivators like the Rosellisons have discovered, resource efficiency can be a gateway to profitability.
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