New Construction Rebates for Greenhouses

Find funding from utilities across North America

By Gretchen Schimelpfenig

Strategic businesses build greenhouses to pay for them quickly. An effective way to lower the construction costs of greenhouse operations to ensure profitability and quick paybacks on capital investments is utility rebates for energy-efficient systems.

Growers across North America can reduce greenhouse buildout costs by applying for new construction rebates from energy efficiency programs. In U.S. states and Canadian provinces, utilities deliver financial incentives to commercial businesses to help their customers save energy.

Businesses can apply for new construction incentives to offset the first costs of high-performance greenhouse systems like LED horticultural lighting, efficient HVAC equipment, environmental controls, infrared film, automated environmental controls, and energy curtains. Ceres Greenhouse Solutions uses efficient systems across the board, which means their designs qualify for the biggest rebates.

Growers can maximize rebates by working with energy experts like the engineers at Energy Resources Integration (ERI) who help Ceres Greenhouse Solutions customers navigate rebate programs. ERI’s engineers help growers understand eligibility requirements, identify programs, apply for as many rebates as possible, and get the most funding possible from their electric and gas utilities. ERI has helped hundreds of growers across the country access rebates with ease. While some programs are easy to navigate, others are more complex.

In California, ERI helped a cannabis cultivator receive $200,000 for their new high-performance greenhouse. Systems receiving incentives included insulated greenhouse materials, LED horticultural lighting, and advanced lighting controls systems.

Some incentives may be at the whole-building level and involve a custom energy model for your greenhouse. In certain regions, utility customers can get technical assistance with energy modeling of efficient new construction projects.

There are easy steps that ERI follows as they guide growers through the rebate process. First, engineers find out if your greenhouse is located in a place with energy efficiency programs offering rebates for new construction or for efficient greenhouse equipment. Then, ERI evaluates your greenhouse design from Ceres Greenhouse Solutions to understand what systems are eligible and qualify for rebates. Energy calculations are performed to estimate how much you might receive for a given set of systems.

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Evaluate, apply, and receive rebates quickly with a trusted rebate administrator like ERI.

Rebates vary widely by location. Some utilities offer incentives of $0.05/kWh while others offer much more, like $0.18/kWh. Once you decide to go for the rebate, ERI applies on your behalf and works with the utility’s technical reviewers to defend the energy savings estimate and ensure you receive the largest incentive for your project. As you build out more greenhouses, ERI can offer recommendations for how incentives can improve profitability of your operation through continuous improvement projects.

As mentioned, Ceres’ energy-efficient greenhouse solutions ensure growers a jumpstart on available rebates and incentives. Some systems or elements of a Ceres greenhouse that may qualify for rebates include:

  • Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems: Ceres EcoPack™ HVAC(D) uses heat pump technology to heat, cool and dehumidify greenhouses and helps growers qualify for rebates aimed at promoting energy conservation.
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Installing renewable energy systems such as solar panels or wind turbines to power your greenhouse operations could make you eligible for various incentives.
  • Greenhouse Controller: Ceres SunSense™ controller helps to optimize greenhouse conditions such as temperature, humidity, and lighting and can contribute to energy savings by improving the efficiency of heating, cooling, lighting and irrigation systems.
  • Energy-Efficient Lighting: Upgrading to energy-efficient lighting systems such as LED grow lights could make you eligible for incentives aimed at reducing energy consumption.
  • Energy-Efficient Buildings: Ceres’ greenhouses are designed with insulated metal panel walls (IMPs), and align with passive-solar design concepts, meaning that the building envelope alone is energy-efficient and can qualify buyers for whole-building rebates (which we will discuss below). 
  • Water Conservation Technologies: Ceres can integrate water-saving technologies like drip irrigation systems, rainwater harvesting systems, or water recycling systems that may qualify growers for incentives aimed at promoting sustainable water use.
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Diagram of a Ceres greenhouse with labeled technologies and materials that make a project eligible for rebates

Ceres is proud to partner with ERI and dedicated energy engineers such as Gretchen Schimelpfenig to enhance the savings of our greenhouse designs. Don’t let steep upfront costs dampen your aspirations for an energy-efficient greenhouse operation; together, Ceres and ERI are here to unlock potential savings through rebate and incentive programs, transforming your vision into reality sooner than you might think. Reach out to a representative from Ceres today to begin your journey!

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