Holiday Poinsettias Flourish with Smart Energy Assistance
Keeping fragile plants like these poinsettias growing in Northwest greenhouses in the winter means high energy bills for nursery operators. Seeking a sustainable solution to rising energy costs and increasing dependence on fossil fuels, Peoria Gardens, Inc. applied for USDA assistance through the Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP grant funding offset 25 percent of the cost for triple-wall polycarbonate siding and energy efficient lighting that save energy while improving working conditions for the company’s 23 full-time employees and 38 seasonal part-time employees. The measures will save 56,050 therms/year and reduce energy usage at the greenhouses by 42 percent.