The microgrid at Harborside is expected to provide enough clean renewable energy to offset up to 100% of the their current power consumption at the Salinas Campus. The system will be fully funded and installed by Scale Microgrids.
The power purchase agreement will immediately result in lower operating costs, with an estimated cumulative net energy savings of more than $11.8 million over a 20 year period. It is also expected that the microgrid project will allow Harborside to avoid purchasing carbon offset credits, which would otherwise be required by California regulations beginning on January 1, 2023.
Microgrid at Harborside
The energy system is expected to produce more than 7,050,000 kWh of renewable energy each year.
The project will offset approximately 5,000 tons of atmospheric CO2 emissions annually, the equivalent of approximately 9.5 square miles (6,121 acres) of forest, or a reduction of about 12.5 million miles of passenger vehicle miles each year.
The 11 acre system will feature an innovative modular US-made panel mounting system that doesn’t require excavation, sub-surface drilling, concrete or steel.
"The team at Harborside is extremely proud to launch an industry leading renewables project and to be able to completely power our Production Campus from the sun. When it becomes fully functional next year, it is expected to be the largest renewable energy project in the entire US cannabis industry, and will be a great example of how the industry can become more sustainable, more efficient and more profitable" - Tom DiGiovanni, Chief Financial Officer of Harborside