Agriculture

Cargill, Black & Veatch, EnerNOC Work with Tesla on Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Cargill is collaborating with Tesla and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install Tesla’s energy storage at the company’s Fresno beef processing facility. Tesla’s batteries help to reduce energy costs by storing electricity at off-peak use times, then using it during peak periods. In total, the Tesla batteries have a 1 MW capacity that will   …Continue Reading


4 Marijuana Plants Require Huge Amounts of Electricity

Linda Hardesty

A story in the East Oregonian says growing four marijuana plants indoors with lighting, climate control, ventilation and equipment to boost carbon dioxide to improve plant growth “typically uses as much electricity as running 29 new refrigerators, according to one report by a California scientist.” Large grow operations can rival the energy intensity of data centers,   …Continue Reading


Indoor Farming Company Works on HVAC with PUE 1.0

Linda Hardesty

Indoor Harvest, a developer of commercial grade aeroponic and hydroponic fixtures for indoor agriculture, has executed a letter of intent with PUE 1.0 to design and build an engineered HVAC system for use in building integrated agriculture. Indoor Harvest has also signed a letter of intent with the City of Pasadena, Texas, wherein it will   …Continue Reading


LumiGrow Offers LEDs for Horticultural Uses with No Upfront Investment

Linda Hardesty

LumiGrow has partnered with SparkFund to offer customers a private-label payment plan for installing energy-efficient horticultural lighting upgrades at no upfront cost. LumiGrow is working with SparkFund to fund and install new lighting systems for over 42 customers in the next year. LumiGrow’s new payment plan was recently used by Sustainable Local Foods (SLF), a   …Continue Reading


Poultry Processor Installs $5.3M Cogeneration Plant

Linda Hardesty

Blue Earth energized its initial combined heat and power (CHP) energy plant at the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing facility in Sumter, South Carolina. With the CHP plant, electricity is generated, and the heat from the generator is captured for useful purposes, lowering energy costs and improving energy efficiency. The co-generation energy facility uses methane made   …Continue Reading


Vegetable Producer Installs 500 kW Biogas Plant

Linda Hardesty

Weltec Biopower is building a 500 kW anaerobic digestion plant in Northern Ireland for vegetable producer Gilfresh Produce. This is Weltec’s third plant in Northern Ireland and eleventh in the UK. Gilfresh used to deliver the vegetable waste that accumulates in the sorting, washing and packaging processes to farmers as cattle feed. From July 2015,   …Continue Reading


$280M in Energy Efficiency Grants Available to Farmers, Small Businesses

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making more than $280 million available to rural agricultural producers and small business owners to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. The funding is offered through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). USDA is offering grants for up to 25 percent of   …Continue Reading


Underground Greenhouse Selects Valoya’s LED Lights

Linda Hardesty

A London-based producer of leafy greens – Growing Underground – has selected Valoya’s LED lights for its multi-layer, underground production facility. Growing Underground will start production of leafy greens, such as lettuce, cress, herbs and a variety of micro-greens 108 feet under South London. The production space is located in a disused air-raid shelter in   …Continue Reading


DTE Energy Expands Agricultural Energy-Efficiency Incentives

Linda Hardesty

DTE Energy added 20 new agricultural energy-efficiency incentives under its Commercial Energy-Efficiency Incentive Program. Members of Michigan’s agricultural community now can apply for cash incentives that will help pay for equipment upgrades and lower their monthly operating expenses. These incentives are available to both commercial and residential rate-code agriculture customers. DTE created incentives for those   …Continue Reading


Maryland Department of Agriculture Invests $970K in Waste-to-Energy Project

Karen Henry

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) awarded a $970,000 grant to Biomass Heating Solutions (BHSL) for a manure-to-energy project at a Dorchester County poultry farm. BHSL will use electricity generating technology to process poultry litter into energy that will heat and cool four poultry houses. The system is projected to generate 526 MWh of electricity   …Continue Reading