Commercial growers in the burgeoning cannabis industry are increasingly finding that traditional, utility-provided electricity simply cannot meet their business and financial needs. Facilities are often remotely located and require enormous amounts of energy. Further, it can take several months or even years to secure the necessary electrical service upgrades. Many growers are considering on-site power solutions to meet these needs.
On-site power is a proven way to reduce energy costs and meshes well with the overall energy profile of a grow facility. Measuring the financial benefit of on-site power (aka- CHP or Combined Heat and Power) is straight forward but can be viewed as “outside the realm” of production. Upon further investigation, the diligent owner/designer will see energy systems as integral to the short and long-term success of the facility. When one weighs the value of lower OPEX, flexible & scalable solutions, resilience in event of grid outages and boosting gross margin, then CHP may become an important consideration during the facilities design.