Stanford University and Air Force Grads Form New Energy Company

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A new company formed by entrepreneurs from Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the United States Air Force Academy, is serving the energy needs of the indoor cultivation sector of the legal cannabis industry.

The executives at Scale Energy Solutions are leaders in sustainable energy technologies, who have previously earned accolades including:

  • Winner of the 2015 Renewable Energy World Paper of the Year
  • LEED AP Certification
  • Members of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • World Alliance for Decentralized Energy
  • IEEE Smart Grid Initiative

Industry Overview:

Over 95% of legal cannabis is grown in controlled indoor/greenhouse environments, and this process uses a significant amount of energy. The industry is still in its infancy, but it is already estimated to consume as much as 1% of the entire nation’s energy supply. In fact, if the cannabis industry continues to grow in line with analyst projections, it could derail our national climate action agenda.

Scale Energy Solutions helps cultivators solve this problem by integrating cutting-edge clean technology solutions into their facilities. The results: lower energy costs and improved environmental footprint, with a rapid ROI.

Stephen Lacey, Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media, recently interviewed Timothy Hade, Co-Founder of Scale Energy Solutions, about the energy impact of marijuana legalization.

“Marijuana is the most energy intense manufacturing process in the United States today,” Hade said. “Producing a pound of marijuana uses 300 times more energy than producing a pound of aluminum.”

Clean technology solutions are a way for cultivators to reduce operating costs and improve profit margins. This is especially important as cannabis supplies increase, and growers are forced to lower prices in an increasingly commoditized market.

Hade said that there are many facets to reducing energy consumption, and that his team can provide analysis, consultation, and a range of solutions for both existing grow operations and those in the planning phase.