The Energy Trust of Oregon reminds growers that rebate applications for qualifying energy efficiency improvements purchased in the last six months of 2014 are due Dec. 31, 2014.
To qualify, growers must heat their greenhouses with NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas. There are five different measures that qualify for the rebates. The same incentives will be available in 2015, but 2014 purchases must be rebated in 2014.
One example of a qualifying improvement is under-bench heating systems. In nature, the sun heats the soil to protect tender new plants as they grow. Under bench heating in a greenhouse uses the same principle to warm seedlings at their roots and save on energy costs too.
Greenhouse owners are sprouting healthy plants and energy efficiency by working with a vendor to install a system that qualifies for cash incentives from Energy Trust. Here is an example:
Project example: Under bench heating
• Equipment cost: $28,400
• Energy Trust cash incentive: $9,700
• Net project cost (cost minus incentive): $18,700
• Yearly energy savings: $10,000
Replacing forced air with radiant heat systems under the plant benches results in lower energy costs by heating down low, where the plants are, rather than heating the entire greenhouse space. Under bench heating also provides greater control over soil and plant temperatures for optimal growing conditions.
Complete a rebate application and submit it into Energy Trust to receive cash incentives. This is a simple way to save on greenhouse improvements, and keep saving over time.
To learn how Energy Trust can help you save on under bench heating for a greenhouse, talk to your vendor, or visit www.energytrust.org/industrial-and-ag.