Director of Project Management for Mantis Innovation, Tom Cashman has offered a strong background in energy efficiency during his 5+ years with the team. Specifically, Tom worked in the grocery facilities industry prior to joining Mantis, and this experience has uniquely positioned him to understand how this type of building can benefit from energy solutions. We asked Tom a series of questions to learn more about energy efficiency in the grocery store industry.
The framework for understanding utility incentives is simple: utilities want commercial/industrial businesses to use energy efficiently and they are willing to subsidize the process, meaning there’s money available to fund energy efficiency initiatives. Easy. The harder part is qualifying your own projects for those available financial resources.
Supermarkets are a staple in our society, some of the most important and most frequently visited commercial locations in the country. They also make up one of the most energy dense industries. From constant refrigeration to lighting large facilities, supermarkets and grocery stores can benefit significantly from increased energy efficiency.
In North America, the advent of spring brings change in the form of more sun, less snow, and maybe the chance to put on a pair of shorts occasionally. This change can be far less welcoming as far as your pavement assets are concerned.
Over the past 15 years, local, state and federal solar incentives have provided financial fuel for businesses to initiate and expand their renewable portfolios. These incentives come in the form of tax credits, rebates, renewable energy credits, and the ability to accelerate the depreciation of these assets.
Researching suppliers and rates can be very time-consuming. One of the biggest hassles is the amount of time spent writing multi-page RFPs and going back and forth negotiating the best rate with your preferred suppliers in hopes you don’t overspend and run your budget to the ground.