With decreasing arable land and increasing challenges from climate change, developing sustainable indoor agriculture production is critical to feeding future generations. Leading this revolution, Bowery Farming has designed and built a facility wherein crop production is already 100 times more efficient than traditional farmland.
Bowery must be sustainable and cost effective in order to become truly scalable. And to create an optimal indoor farming environment, they need to ensure cheap, clean and reliable power. Bowery considered a standby generator, but realized it would sit idle most of the time. Scale’s system allows them to have that resiliency and reliability while also reducing their overall emissions and saving them money. Best of all–they aren’t responsible for it. Scale owns and operates the system.
Big Picture Impact
Microgrid Capacity at Bowery
The modular microgrid that Scale designed is a game-changing behind the meter system that utilizes a combination of photovoltaic solar panels, lithium ion batteries, and a natural gas generator outfitted with advanced emissions control technology.
Battery Energy Storage
"These solutions help cover a portion of our energy consumption needs for this farm, and reduce CO2 emissions by the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of pounds of coal burned per year."
The Bowery microgrid reduces the facility’s GHG emissions footprint by the equivalent of 23K gallons of gasoline each year. Further, the system operates in various ancillary services to the electric grid, enabling continued operations during utility outages while reducing Bowery's energy expenses.