|Marijuana establishments licensed and registered with the Office of Marijuana (OMP) can now access the Efficiency Maine (EM) energy efficiency incentive program. The program, which has long been available to Maine residents and commercial customers, recently expanded to included cannabis-based operations. EM offers cash incentives for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient equipment.
Cannabis businesses can access the program by directly purchasing pre-discounted equipment, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting commonly used in conventional commercial or industrial settings. More complex projects commonly found in cannabis cultivation operations must go through EM’s custom program, where EM staff will provide a rebate based on their assessment of the project’s overall benefits and project viability.
Custom program customers can receive 50 percent of the total cost for equipment replacement projects or 75 percent of the incremental cost between a basic project and a more efficient one. Equipment eligible for a rebate can include a range of energy-saving technologies, including horticultural lighting, HVAC, lighting and HVAC controls, and onsite power generation. The custom program maxes out at $1 million per project, which should satisfy all but the most ambitious cannabis projects.
For more information, visit www.EfficiencyMaine.com or read this useful piece on EnlightenYourGrow.com from Climate Resources Group, a cannabis energy and sustainability firm.