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”
When we get a panicked call from clients at odd hours of the day or night, it’s for a good reason. Their company is in turmoil; the lights won’t turn on, the machinery won’t start, or a bad furnace has the entire facility feeling like the Arctic. Our first question is almost always this; is everything plugged in? Continue reading “Renewable Energy And The Global Disconnect”
We’ve already written plenty about the outsized carbon footprint of cannabis. Indoor grow facilities are sprouting up all over the country, with more and more states expanding on the existing liberalization of marijuana use. That’s a problem. Continue reading “Cannabis Conundrum: New Data On Indoor Grow Facilities”
We all know that indoor cannabis production is a big contributor to carbon emissions. Indoor facilities have a large energy demand and an outsized carbon footprint, but a new study has found that the impact is much larger than originally anticipated. Continue reading “The Variable Carbon Impact of Cannabis”
We talk a lot about investing in the future, and for so many businesses, that means investing in energy. How we power our facilities doesn’t just change the bottom line; it changes the world. As we move into 2021, we’re looking to keep close tabs on that investment from the perspective of companies creating the technology that will save the world. Continue reading “Big Investment In Long Duration Energy Storage”
Everything is bigger in Texas, and when it comes to winter storms, mid-February is going to be remembered as one of the biggest failures in energy distribution on the record. But no, it wasn’t frozen wind turbines that caused problems. Continue reading “No, Frozen Wind Turbines Didn’t Cause The Texas Power Outage”
The world is making the move to clean energy. At every level of the global economy, from small businesses to governments, leaders are constantly evaluating the costs and benefits of investing in the shift to renewable energy. For oil-producing nations, it’s a decision they can’t wait long to make. Continue reading “Revenue Hit Coming For Oil And Gas Producing Countries”