Who is authorized to conduct a farm-specific energy-efficiency audit?
The engineering professionals with the technical skills to conduct energy audits and who have experience with farms. Additionally, you can look at Dandelion Renewables Energy-Efficiency case studies
, the Agricultural Energy-Efficiency
analytical review and financing programs in 2019 for increasing irrigation systems efficiency
What information is required for an energy-efficiency audit?
- Bills (Power, Nat Gas, Propane, Diesel, Gasoline);
- Facility tour of equipment;
- Operations review;
What is the process of an energy-efficiency audit?
The process includes the following steps:
- Measure energy consumption of different equipment.
- Identify the most energy-efficient equipment and practices among those producers.
- Make farm-specific recommendations for energy efficiency improvements.
What is included in the farm-specific energy-efficiency report?
The report includes recommendations for the most cost-effective opportunities available for the farm to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy consumption.
Which farm equipment have the best opportunities to reduce energy consumption and costs?
The major equipment categories vary and depend on the facility type and equipment usage. For example, in commercial beekeeping, we have identified following equipment categories or systems (in order of highest to the lowest potential for annual cost savings per hive):
- Heat Trace
- Wax Melting
- Space Heating
- Honey Heating
- Indoor Overwintering Fans
- Pressure Washer Heating
What are the general parameters of energy-efficiency?
General parameters of energy-efficiency include:
- Annual Fuel Savings (MMBtu)
- Annual Electricity Savings (kWh)
- Annual Cost Savings
- Cost of Upgrades
- Payback (years)
- Internal Rate of Return on Investment (IRR)
How can farmers reduce their energy costs or energy consumption?
For example, for the Vehicles category considering savings options might include (not complete list):
- Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Improvement
- Renewable Diesel for Existing Diesel Trucks to Reduce GHG Emissions
- Hybrid-Electric Diesel Trucks and Electric Trucks
Great news in the land of sunny Alberta! Energy Efficiency of Alberta has updated their funding rates for its Residential and Commercial Solar Program (RCSP) as of Nov 2018. All new applications submitted right now will qualify for these new rates. Even better news for our Edmontonian neighbors, the City of Edmonton Residential solar grant is still available for additional funding. Here is a breakdown of the rates for funding:
Rates based on installed solar DC capacity in Watts:
|Customers||City of Edmonton||Rest of Alberta|
$0.90/Watt or 35% of total project cost ( maximum grant value of $10,000)
$0.90/Watt or 35% of the total project cost
(maximum grant value of $10,000)
$0.75/Watt or 35% of the total project cost
(maximum grant value of $1,000,000)
$1.00/Watt or 35% of the total project cost
(maximum grant value of $1,000,000)
The increase in the funding rates is meant to generate further interest in the program. In 2019, the Government of Alberta would like to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our province by about half a million tons (the equivalent of 70,000 passenger vehicles off the road) through the implementation of this program.
To learn more about the program and it’s details, feel free to visit the Energy Efficiency Alberta website at, https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/solar/
Thank you to all of our existing customers who have installed a system with Dandelion Renewables and have benefited greatly through this program.
To our prospective customers, we welcome you to contact us to see how you can benefit from a grid-tied solar PV system and from the new Government funding rates. We will be happy to assist you with sizing a PV system size to meet your needs and calculate the funds that you will be eligible for.
We look forward to hearing from you!