Energy Efficiency, Rebates, and Incentives for Cannabis Operations

by | Nov 3, 2020

Written by Kristina Etter

Kristina is a digital content creator and designer. She has a talent for creating engaging and informative content that resonates with our professional audience. Kristina’s passion for the cannabis industry stems from her belief that it has the potential to revolutionize the world in many ways, and has a personal testimony of cannabis success.

Climate change and resource conservation are a priority in every industry. As new laws and mandates begin requiring businesses to choose more eco-friendly processes, many cannabis producers find themselves scrambling to keep up.

Focusing on sustainability in cannabis cultivation, Cannabis Tech welcomes back our friends at Fluence by OSRAM for a live informational webcast about the many rebates and incentives for cultivators opting for more energy-efficient operations. With LED lighting and energy-efficient facilities, cultivators can benefit from millions of dollars in incentives from utility companies.

Industry experts will cover: 

  • Building resource efficiency into your cannabis operation
  • Finding and evaluating options for rebates and incentives
  • Common operational roadblocks and how to tackle them

Join us on November 6th, at 10:00 MST to learn more.

Register for this FREE webinar now!


Corinne has spent her career fusing her childhood love for science with the rigors of international business development. She earned a bachelor’s degree in ecology and marine biology from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, where she took particular interest in genetics, cell biology and plant science. A few years later, she entered the lighting industry at Universal Lighting Technologies and Panasonic (ULT), where she tracked LED sales forecasting and demand planning and was responsible for reviewing energy standards and codes for lighting technology. She earned her MBA from Lipscomb University in 2014, rounding out her career at ULT which covered multiple disciplines from customer service, technical engineering, marketing, lead generation, business development, and sales management. In 2016, Corinne started as manager of sales operations at Fluence, where she was responsible for all internal sales teams and resources before eventually becoming Fluence’s VP of Global Commercial Operations. Today, she is responsible for all business reporting and analytics for internal operations, heading the company’s commercial support teams, including the utility rebates and incentives program, and directing internal processes to meet global strategic goals for the cannabis and commercial food markets. She also plays a very active role in the cannabis and horticulture industries as she holds seats on several industry committees and boards, including Resource Innovation Institute’s TAC, the NCIA Facility Design Committee, the WIL Forum, and as the Director of Sustainability for the Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT).

Derek Smith is Executive Director of Resource Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization advancing a resource efficient future for cannabis through facilitating best practices and standards on energy and water efficient cultivation. Before RII, Derek led Clean Energy Works, recognized as one of the most successful American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (“stimulus”) programs. He has directed energy programs for the City of Portland, managed operations for a VC-backed start-up and created an award-winning corporate sustainability program for a national retailer. Derek has testified to the US Senate Energy Committee and briefed the US Secretary of Energy.

With a diverse background in mechanical engineering, Edward Dow (Solar Therapeutics, CEO) heads Solar, a state-of-the-art 67,000 square foot, triple tier, marijuana cultivation facility with on-site and off-site retail storefronts that supply both medical and recreational marijuana products. Solar is designed around all best-practice engineering principles and good manufacturing practices (GMP). Particularly unique to Solar is the heavy focus on sustainable engineering. This includes designing for LED's throughout the entire facility, thereby lowering all HVAC loads, recapturing all wastewater, as well as owning and operating its own microgrid assets (solar arrays, battery storage, and natural gas cogeneration units). Solar’s ability to produce it's own clean energy is unique to the cannabis industry, and is world-class on an industrial scale.