Energy Trust of Oregon has long offered incentives for farmers to help reduce energy costs associated with growing crops. In light of what has been a boom in hemp production in the state of Oregon, Energy Trust was excited to host an educational session at this year’s Hemp and CBD Connex Conference at the Portland Expo Center.
During the 45 minute session, Energy Trust outreach managers Ulrike Mengelberg and Doug Oppedal presented several incentives that can be leveraged by hemp growers and processors. Energy Trust offers incentives and free technical services for a variety of energy-efficiency upgrades such as irrigation improvements, greenhouse upgrades and horticultural lighting upgrades. Cash incentives could help pay for energy-efficiency projects like a drip irrigation system, which is particularly beneficial for hemp plants because localized application of water keeps the leaves dry, reducing the risk of rot and the amount of weeding necessary between rows.
When it comes to hemp processing, an Energy Trust custom energy analyst can identify energy-saving opportunities at your facility. Potential project incentives could include insulation, variable frequency drives, lighting and compressed air.