US (CA): Microturbine energy system producer receives order for two grow facilities

Capstone Turbine Corporation has announced that it has received two orders for separate cannabis cultivating operations in Southern and Northern California. Cal Microturbine, Capstone’s exclusive California distributor, secured the orders which are scheduled for commissioning this spring.

"Destined for a Northern California facility, the first order is for five C65 units and five absorption chillers. Together, the five-natural gas powered C65 units will provide 325 kilowatts (kW) of prime power plus 120-160RT cooling and 400kBTU/hr hot water for the indoor greenhouse facility. In addition to the on-site power generation, one of the C65 units includes the C65 ICHP California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified package which will also provide the added benefit of space conditioning and humidity control for the grow operation.", the team with the company explains. 

"The second order destined for a grow facility in Southern California is for four C65 low emission units that will be paired with four chillers producing a total of 260kW plus 120-160RT cooling capacity. Although this second site has existing utility power connectivity, the customer is seeking to lower operating cost as a competitive advantage."

"In addition to generating on-site power, the microturbine systems will help both grow operations meet their sustainability goals on improved energy efficiency while reducing waste by implementing integrated combined heat and power (ICHP) into the growing process.", the team continues. 

“Cannabis grow houses require enormous amounts of energy and meticulous environmental conditions. These two orders represent an expanding niche market opportunity for our innovative low emission CHP and CCHP technology as we can help lower operating costs by reducing utility costs,” says Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone. “These orders mark the second and third grow operations that have turned to Capstone’s microturbines within the past few months in California alone.” 

Due to the remote nature and rising electric cost, the cultivators are increasingly interested in alternatives to the traditional utility-provided electricity. "It can take several months or even years to secure the necessary upgraded electrical service required by the facilities. Capstone’s microturbines are able to provide on-site energy in a number of weeks as opposed to months or years and at a typically lower cost than the local grid," the company explains. 

For more information:
Capstone Turbine Corp
16640 Stagg Street
CA 91406
+1 818-734-5300  

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