What is the Energy Savings Program?
Did you know that energy can account for up to 50% of the cost to run an indoor farm? To address this need, COE partners created the Energy Savings Program. The program identifies the most cost effective energy supplier on the market for you.
The process is simple. Fill out a form and we notify our partners to shop for the best utility rates using a sophisticated e-sourcing platform. It is that easy!
Expect to save 5-20% on your annual bill for electricity. We also will give you a discount on membership in the Center!
The program is free! There is no charge to the customer. Fees are paid for by the utility company.
Who is it for?
This program is for all types of consumers:
-All types of growers including indoor vertical farms, rooftop greenhouses, field greenhouses, container farms, plant factories
-Institutions such as schools, universities, municipalities interested in indoor agriculture
-All types of businesses interested in indoor agriculture
-Individuals interested in indoor agriculture
In short, any related facility that uses considerable amounts of electricity.
For those who participate in the program, we offer a discount on the Center’s annual membership fee!
Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture
How We Got Started
Started in the Spring of 2017, the purpose of the study was to determine the feasibility of setting up a viable and self-sustaining Center of Excellence for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) located in the greater Philadelphia area. The Township of Kennett (PA) was the chief sponsor and Kennett Square and New Garden Township joined as secondary sponsors in September 2017.
More than 200 stakeholders from industry, local and state governments, mushroom farmers and vertical farmers, universities, and economic development groups contributed to the study.
The study concluded that a Center was needed and had the potential to transform the green indoor agriculture industry and to accelerate its growth, as well as bring innovation to the one hundred year old mushroom industry.
Our mission is to create a public-private partnership that accelerates growth and innovation in the indoor farm industry through knowledge sharing, programs and services for industry partners, research and development, testing, workforce training, advocacy and leadership.
Where We Are Headed
This web site and the online marketplace are just the beginning of our journey. We envision the COE to include events, an administrative home, testing facilities, and a technology demonstration park.
Here are some of our target milestones:
-Build Web Site with Social Networking Features (completed)
-Build Online COE Marketplace (completed)
-Develop Network of Partners, Sponsors and Members (on-going)
-Host COE Events
-Identify Sites for the COE in the Greater Philadelphia Region
-Build COE Headquarters and Technology Demo Facilities
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