Energy-Efficient Agricultural Storage

Fruit storage

It’s all about minimizing your operating costs.

The cooling of fresh produce is likely one of your largest energy expenses. Let us help reduce your operating costs with energy-efficient upgrades—we’ll pay for up to 100% of your new equipment, tune-ups, and optimizations.

Better equipment saves you money. Improved systems and airflow control help your bottom line by reducing product spoilage. Better quality and energy-efficient LED lighting and controls reduce your maintenance and replacement costs, as well as your cooling needs.

 

What's in It for Me?

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Reduce operating and maintenance costs

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PUD pays up to 100% of your project costs for better equipment

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Reduce product spoilage with lower costs

Psst―are you a large cold storage facility? Chelan PUD offers programs specifically designed for large warehouses and fruit storage facilities. Please contact Scott Stanford, commercial energy advisor, for more information.

 

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What Can Chelan PUD Help Me Pay For?

Your fruit storage warehouse can save money when installing better equipment—and making sure your existing systems are running optimally—with incentives from Chelan PUD.

 

Want updates on our incentive programs for your fruit storage facility? We’re always adding ways for customers to save money on your electric bills and improve Chelan County buildings. Sign up for email updates and don't miss a chance to save on new equipment and upgrades!

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Fan Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

Fan VFDs can reduce your energy consumption—and your energy bills—by up to 70%. VFDs control airflow more effectively by adjusting the speed or torque of your motor instead of by dissipating (wasting) energy.

Beyond energy bill savings, VFDs reduce your ongoing maintenance and replacement costs by extending the life of your fan motors and eliminating over-capacity running. Modern VFDs are easy to configure and ensure more stable temperatures, reducing spoilage. Let Chelan PUD pay for your VFDs.

Get started today by contacting Scott Stanford, our commercial energy advisor.

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Ongoing Savings: Moderate
Save on cooling costs and reduced maintenance for years

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Upfront Investment: Low
Chelan PUD pays up to 100% of your project costs

effort: 1/5 easy to 3/5 moderate

Project Effort: Low
Projects are typically straightforward modifications with limited downtime

 

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Pumping Solutions

VFDs on irrigation pumps save you money on energy. More than that, they improve your flow control, reduce the wear and tear on your pumps, easily match your changing irrigation needs, provide consistent pressure, and eliminate water hammer.

Through improved control, you’ll save on reduced maintenance and downtime. Plus, Chelan PUD will pay up to 75% of your project costs.

Learn more

Get started today by talking with your contractor or contact Jim White, our senior energy conservation engineer.

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Ongoing Savings: Moderate to high
Save on irrigation costs on energy bill savings, reduced maintenance, and longer equipment life

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Upfront Investment: Low to free!
Chelan PUD pays up to 75% of your project costs. Any remaining project costs are eligible for EnergySmart financing

effort: 1/5 easy to 3/5 moderate

Project Effort: Low
Projects are typically quick additions or modifications

 

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Equipment Tune-Ups

Optimize your building and system performance, reducing your energy costs by 5% to 20% with little to no capital investment. A tune-up can improve equipment operation, extend its service life, and reduce your maintenance and repair costs.

A tune-up can also correct equipment operating schedules and identify more cost-saving opportunities. What’s more, Chelan PUD will cover the costs of your tune-up.

Get started today by contacting Scott Stanford, our commercial energy advisor.

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Ongoing Savings: Low to moderate
Save 5% to 20% on your energy bills

upfront investment: 1/3 inexpensive

Upfront Investment: Low
Chelan PUD pays up to 100% of your project costs

effort: 1/5 easy to 3/5 moderate

Project Effort: Low
Optimizations generally have limited to no downtime

 

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Lighting Solutions

Lighting is likely one of your biggest, unnecessary energy expenses. Inefficient lights on in empty spaces waste money. Upgrade to efficient, long lasting, and shatter resistant LEDs to reduce your ongoing maintenance and replacement costs and lower your energy bills for years, both on lighting and cooling costs.

High-efficiency lighting fixtures can use up to 90% less energy—and money—and controls save you money by automatically turning lights off in unoccupied spaces or dimming lights in empty parking lots.

Learn more

Get started today by talking with your lighting contractor or contact Scott Stanford, our commercial energy advisor.

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Ongoing Savings: Moderate to high
Save up to 90% on lighting and maintenance costs for 10+ years

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Upfront Investment: Low to moderate
Chelan PUD pays up to 75% of your project costs. Remaining project costs are eligible for EnergySmart financing

effort: 1/5 easy to 3/5 moderate

Project Effort: Low
Most relighting projects are quick and easy upgrades

 

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Strategic Energy Management (SEM)

SEM aims to eliminate unnecessary energy use primarily through a combination of no and low-cost improvements and system recommissioning. We’ll identify key improvements in your facility to reduce waste from cooling and lighting to process loads.

Reduce your operational and maintenance costs while improving resident comfort and safety. SEM is a free service from Chelan PUD that coordinates with your maintenance staff to reduce your costs.

Get started today by talking with Scott Stanford, our commercial energy advisor.

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Ongoing Savings: Moderate
Savings range from modest to big impact

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Upfront Investment: Low
SEM focuses on low and no-cost solutions. Plus, Chelan PUD pays up to 100% of your SEM project costs

effort: 1/3 easy

Project Effort: Low to moderate
SEM coordinates with your maintenance team to fit within your schedule and goals

 

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Insulation & Windows

Reduce drafts and operating costs by increasing the insulation in your facility. Chelan PUD will pay for up to 100% of your project costs.

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Custom Projects

Have another way to save energy for your operation? We can help pay for projects that save electricity.

Contact Scott Stanford, Chelan PUD commercial energy advisor, about your project idea, and we'll see what we can fund.

Scott Stanford, Chelan PUD commercial energy advisor, and Jim White, Chelan PUD senior energy conservation engineer

Hi, we're Scott and Jim.

Questions? Talk with Scott Stanford, Chelan PUD commercial energy advisor, at (509) 661-4187 or email scott.stanford@chelanpud.org, or Jim White, Chelan PUD senior energy conservation engineer, at (509) 661-4829 or email james.white@chelanpud.org.

 

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