As the greenhouse industry grapples with soaring energy costs, greenhouse growers are being forced to rethink their energy strategies to keep operations economically feasible. Enter 360 Energy, a consulting firm with 25 years of experience in energy control, energy markets, carbon strategy, and organizational culture change.
360 Energy works in multiple industries to optimize organizations’ energy management strategies to reduce utility costs. improve the understanding of energy markets and facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy. The company’s clients include greenhouses, agri-food processors, manufacturing and transportation companies, and institutions in the municipal, university, schools, and hospital (MUSH) sector. 360 Energy works mainly with Canadian and American clientele.
Providing information, strategy and analytics
360 Energy offers multiple services to optimize greenhouse energy management. One such program is the “Energy and Carbon Strategic Planning for Growers” which helps growers set and achieve energy targets. Through the “ Energy and Carbon Analytics” service, greenhouse growers operating co-generation systems can track and analyze their energy use more accurately. Further, the “Energy and Carbon Offset Procurements” service helps growers know when, what and how to purchase energy, C02, and carbon offset options available to them.
Additional services include the company’s energy and carbon excellence program advisory services, which utilize their information hub and software platforms. 360 Energy is currently developing software for greenhouse growers, aimed at helping them manage energy in their facilities.
Energy challenges looming over the greenhouse industry
The optimization of energy management is more important than ever as every day brings new reports of greenhouses unable to operate due to recent spikes in energy prices. Aside from high gas prices, David Arkell, President & CEO, notes that the greenhouse industry will continue to face energy challenges in the future with respect to carbon management, access to water, natural gas, and the electrical grid, measuring and reporting, and supply chain management. These elements all have ties to the better management of energy thus all stand to benefit from measured and improved energy management and the services offered by 360 Energy.
Working with 360 Energy
When working with 360 Energy, growers can expect the team to gather data and information pertaining to current energy use in their facility, followed by a recommendation of 360 Energy solutions from which the grower would benefit. The grower, accountant, and owner then work closely with account managers and analysts to implement these solutions and ensure their success and subsequent savings. Further, 360 Energy organizes quarterly meetings with the client to submit feedback, review data, and make informed decisions moving forward.
360 Energy has multiple positive testimonials from greenhouse growers, whose partnership with 360 Energy has enabled significant cost savings and improved decision making. These testimonials can be found in the 360 Energy greenhouse brochure.