Cannabis company sees light, earns energy award
A significant lighting upgrade has put one of Colorado’s leading cannabis companies in the spotlight.
LivWell Enlightened Health recently won the Xcel Energy 2016 Lighting Efficiency Achievement Award, according to a press release. The award recognized LivWell for achieving the highest energy savings in a single lighting project in the state of Colorado in 2016.
Xcel Energy presents the awards annually to recognize and encourage its customers to work toward greater energy efficiency and sustainable practices.
"We aim to continue our leadership in this area and set a positive example for our industry peers," said John Lord, owner and CEO of LivWell Enlightened Health.
The award recognizes the company’s project to reduce electricity consumption in one of its primary cultivation facilities, thanks in part to its expanded use of sophisticated LED lighting technology in place of more traditional energy-intensive lighting systems. With support from Fluence Bioengineering, LivWell Enlightened Health achieved an annual savings of 2,936,266 kilowatt hours (kWh), or nearly 3 gigawatt hours (GWh). That is equivalent to roughly the same amount of electricity used to power 176 homes in a single year.
The award follows the company’s receipt of the first-ever rebate issued by Xcel Energy to a cannabis company. The rebate, totaling nearly $50,000, was issued to LivWell Enlightened Health last year, due to the significant reduction in electricity costs realized by the company’s rollout of advanced lighting technology in its production facilities.