USDA-NRCS-CIG

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) awarded Candidus a $683,562 conservation innovation grant to showcase its innovative lighting control system

Working in collaboration with NRCS and CEA farmers in Virginia, Michigan, and California, Candidus will implement our adaptive lighting control technology in 12 commercial greenhouses.

In partnership with EnSave, the University of Georgia, and Michigan State University Extension Service, Candidus will:

  • Demonstrate and quantify the environmental and economic benefits the adaptive lighting control can provide to the greenhouse industry at the farm level, state level, and national level.
  • Determine growers’ perception and adoption/rejection considerations for investing in advanced lighting controls.
  • Provide NRCS with guidance to facilitate the technology’s integration into programs such as EQIP.
  • Promote awareness of the technology through a variety of outreach activities.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR COMMERCIAL GREENHOUSES IN CALIFORNIA, MICHIGAN, AND VIRGINIA WHO WANT TO PARTNER WITH US

Participating greenhouses will get the adaptive lighting control technology for free and there are financial incentives. Each greenhouse will receive a total of $8,000 over three years:

  • $2,000 will be provided to cover initial installation costs
  • $2,000 in Year 1 to pay for facility use and to incentivize continued participation
  • $2,000 in Year 2 to pay for facility use and to incentivize continued participation
  • $2,000 in Year 3 to pay for facility use and as a thank you for participating

For more information on the program, email erico@candidus.us