An increasing trend in cannabis licensing and applications is either for applicants to be required to list expected energy consumption (Oregon) or to award additional points to those planning to use energy efficient equipment (Illinois).
Either way, it appears lawmakers are starting to take notice of the incredibly high electricity usage by cultivation centers. All those lights and cooling required to create the perfect environment add up to a large electricity bill each month.
The best way to avoid this is to consider efficient equipment and technology from the start. While it may cost a little more up-front, efficient equipment is worth the investment due to long-term savings potential and a decreased need to repurchase all equipment. Additionally, energy-efficient measures can help your application stand out and help your business secure a license.
Surna can help your business be successful during the application process and beyond with our energy efficient cooling options. Our chilled-water equipment uses the same technology other high-heat environments (data centers, hotels, airports, etc) use for their cooling needs. Additionally, in colder climates, our technology offers the option for free cooling during winter months, something traditional HVAC can’t offer.
For those looking to use HID bulbs, the Surna Reflector can also help your business be more profitable by increasing the amount of light produced, without using any extra energy. This allows your grow to produce more product without spending more on electricity costs.
Most states offer energy efficiency rebates for businesses that purchase energy efficient equipment. This helps the energy company by reducing demand on their power plants and help the business by reducing the up-front cost burden of purchasing energy efficient equipment. They may even help cover the cost of comparison studies to help you choose which option is the best for your business.
No matter the equipment you decide to use, spend some time researching your options during the application phase. Including information about which energy savings methods you plan to implement just may increase your odds of winning a license, especially in competitive markets.