Business sustainability goes beyond the bottom line. Carbon emissions and energy costs are a problem for everyone. Businesses of every size face similar challenges in operating efficiently and balancing their values. Luckily, investing in green initiatives offers both cost savings and empowers the whole organization by being a part of the green solution. Not every company is in a position to build their microgrid or install a solar array, but there are some concrete things you can do to play your part in the fight against climate change. Continue reading “Business Sustainability: Five Ways Any Business Can Reduce Their Footprint”
California cannabis is the perfect case study for the rest of the country. We’ve made ample note of the out energy demands of most indoor cannabis facilities. In the years ahead, regulators will take a renewed look at cannabis companies, and it won’t be about legalizing weed. It will be about the industry’s energy consumption. Continue reading “California Cannabis Goes LED”
While we work with commercial growers, many cannabis enthusiasts continue to grow weed at home. As a part of reducing energy consumption and keeping people safe, we’ve put together a few tips on how growing weed at home can be done safely and efficiently. Continue reading “Growing Cannabis At Home: Three Ways To Reduce Energy Consumption”
Energy storage is taking flight. We’ve focused a lot of attention on energy storage, but most of that attention has looked at how the technology will be implemented at grid scale or as a part of a microgrid. But some companies are aiming much, much higher. Continue reading “Energy Storage Takes Flight: Rolls-Royce Invests In ESS”
The energy transition is here. The world won’t wait. As politicians argue about infrastructure and spending in Washington, private industry is taking the future into its own hands. Continue reading “Energy Transition: How Private Industry Is Ahead Of Washington”
The rise of digital currency is exciting and certainly pioneering. However, there’s an environmental cost that the current climate crisis may not be able to absorb. Continue reading “Cryptocurrency: Just How Bad Is It?”
It rarely makes headlines. Talking heads on cable news barely mention it. But for most businesses, energy efficiency plays an important role in saving money and reducing carbon emissions. We need to push the value of ‘energy moneyball’ to make real change accessible for all. Continue reading “Energy Efficiency: The “Moneyball” Approach To Fighting Climate Change”
Cannabis extraction facilities need help, too. There is a lot of discussion about energy at cannabis grow facilities, but like more products, the raw material is only the beginning. Every cannabis product needs either further processing or testing to ensure quality and safety. One important step in the journey, extraction, offers yet another opportunity to save energy and reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. Continue reading “Cannabis Extraction: Energy Savings Practices”
It’s one of the oldest critiques of solar power since the first panel was wheeled out of the factory and angled toward the sun. Solar power only works when the sun is shining.
That is certainly a fair point. However, it’s been a while since facilities have relied exclusively on the sun to harness and utilize the renewable energy abundant in nature. Energy storage has improved in leaps and bounds over the past two decades, offering competitive and now cost-effective ways to essentially keep the sun shining twenty-four hours a day.
Energy storage offers myriad benefits, but we can boil them down to three main perks that make renewables viable. First, energy storage allows for an effective balancing of energy loads on a grid or facility. Much like load shedding in a more traditional sense, load balancing allows stored electricity to adjust to peak loads and reduce the overall operational costs. There’s also evidence that facilities may be able to run entirely on renewables or stored energy during low-draw hours, too, which can lower costs even more.
Second, stored energy can help to plug the gaps. From passing clouds or weather systems to brief disruptions in generation, plugging into energy reserves can avoid energy spikes that can be costly and often inefficient.
Like short-term disruptions, storage can also be a lifesaver when it comes to longer-term energy outages. From blackouts to natural disasters, energy storage can not only allow for production in a facility, but allow a grid to keep the lights on and water running in a community stricken by tornadoes, hurricanes, or other seismic events.
At grid-scale, the United States enjoyed another banner year in 2020, one of the few bright spots in an energy industry facing a pandemic, huge changes in demand, and an uncertain future in regards to a presidential election. In the third quarter of the year alone, the US rolled out an additional 476 MW of storage capacity, a massive 240% increase on the previous quarterly record.
The future of energy storage will come at every level of the power environment. Home-based storage for residential, single-building, and facilities will grow as smaller batteries become more efficient and can be plugged into smaller, locally-focused renewable grids. At the true grid-scale, engineers will develop more efficient storage solutions that may even become more suited for different types of generation.
Right now, we’re building facilities with energy storage to solve all of these energy challenges and reduce the everyday costs of doing business. From cannabis facilities to office buildings, leaders are taking control of their energy future like never before and adopting the technology to make it happen.
Want to learn more about the benefits of energy storage for your facility? Let’s talk.
Our home state of Michigan is turning into a hotbed of marijuana business and investment. As the industry grows, what will the cannabis industry look like next? Continue reading “Cannabis 2.0: Michigan’s Next Phase Of Marijuana Production And Sales”