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Agriculture

Microgrids Positioned for a Bright Future

Carl Weinschenk

Microgrids are popping up in the strangest places – such as a small upstate New York town and a commercial dairy. Earlier this month, the Associated Press profiled the energy activities of Nassau, NY, which is which is near Albany. The town was buffeted by ice storms in 2008 and 2009. The genesis of the   …Continue Reading


LEDs Offer Multiple Advantages to the Horticulture Industry

Carl Weinschenk

LEDs offer advantages to the horticulture industry that go far beyond those they provide to other industries and to consumers. Scientists say that light at certain spectral levels is more helpful to chlorophyll absorption than others, according to LEDs Magazine. Thus, LEDs – in which spectral output can be controlled – are superior to incandescent and   …Continue Reading


Everything is Cool: Refrigeration Sector Reduces Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

  It’s not surprising that refrigeration, a huge user of energy, is front and center in an era in which efficiency is the name of the game. “Energy consumption, and thus the lack of efficiency in central refrigeration systems, is increasingly becoming a focus for policy-making bodies, both in industry and at the state regulatory   …Continue Reading


Turlock Irrigation District Offers Incentives

Carl Weinschenk

The Turlock (CA) Irrigation District is increasing rebates as a way to cut energy use by business and residential users, according to the Turlock Journal. The story says that the LED energy rebate program for 2016 will rise from $0.05 per kWh to $0.08 per kWh for the first year. The district LED Lighting program   …Continue Reading


Alberta Firm Aims for Energy Neutral Egg Laying Barn

Carl Weinschenk

The owners of the Brant Colony hope to make its egg laying barn energy neutral. Producer.com says that 410-foot by 80-foot structure was constructed with energy efficiency in mind. For instance, the concrete base is farther below ground than traditional egg-laying barns and the sides of the concrete structure are insulated to retain heat and avoid   …Continue Reading


Sustenir to Use Illumitex LEDs in Singapore Vertical Farming

Carl Weinschenk

Illumitex said last week that its LEDs will be used by Sustenir Agriculture, the largest vertical farm in Singapore. Vertical farms are an option or complement to produce growers in countries with limited space. Singapore is one such area. It imports more than 90 percent of its food and, for that reason, there is interest   …Continue Reading


Shedding a Light on Marijuana Growth

Carl Weinschenk

An E-Source Report, “Harvesting Energy Savings in Cannabis Cultivation Facilities: Quick Wins for Cultivators and Utilities,” offers tips on quick and cost effective ways to improve energy efficiency of indoor cannabis facilities. A key point is that growers often overlook simple efficiency steps in the rush to cash in quickly in areas legalizing cannabis. A key   …Continue Reading


Walmart Saving Money While Driving Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

A commentary at Fortune looks at Walmart’s progress in achieving its goal of being powered completely by renewables. A key suggestion by the piece is that these efforts cut costs by hundreds of millions of dollars annually in addition to be socially responsible. That money saved can lead to lower prices for consumers or be reinvested   …Continue Reading


Avoiding Energy Waste in Commercial Chicken Coops

Carl Weinschenk

The approximately 100,000 poultry houses across the United States each use about 4,000 gallons of propane annually to keep brooding chicks warm. Improving efficiency of radiant brooders by just 5 percent across the industry would save about 20 million gallons of propane per year, according to John Linhoss, an animal environment specialist with the Mississippi   …Continue Reading


Powerit, UniEnergy, Mission Produce in Avocado Deal

Carl Weinschenk

Powerit Solutions and UniEnergy Technologies (UET) have agreed to provide equipment to Mission Produce, an importer, processor and exporter of avocados. Mission Produce has signed a letter of intent to deploy a UET Uni.System vanadium redox flow battery. The device will be installed at its facility in Oxnard, CA, by the end of the year,   …Continue Reading