Colorado is offering “free technical assistance and access to financing for cannabis cultivators” as part of a program to boost energy efficiency.
The inaugural round of applications for the Cannabis Resource Optimization Program (CROP) will open Feb. 15, according to a Thursday news release from the Colorado Energy Office (CEO).
The move follows a pilot program launched in early 2020.
Technical assistance provided by contractor Resource Innovations will include marijuana-facility audits “to identify impactful efficiency improvements, such as installing LED fixtures or upgrading HVAC systems.”
“Cannabis cultivation business owners will then work with the Colorado Clean Energy Fund to secure low-interest financing to implement these improvements,” the release noted, citing the challenge of securing funding in the marijuana industry.
The initial application round will be for “cultivators who are seeking technical assistance and do not already have access to assistance through their utility providers,” according
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