NYS Greenhouse Database & Benchmark Tool
Better understand your greenhouse’s energy consumption and costs to improve efficiency, sustainability, and profits.
Identify the main sources of energy use for you greenhouse. Compare your own data over seasons and years to determine areas of improvement and priorities.
Understand how your data compares to anonymous greenhouses of similar size and like technology. See where you fall on the spectrum of energy use.
Help the greenhouse database grow in content and accuracy. Benefit from yearly State of Industry reports based upon nation-wide data.
How it Works
Fill out an application for an Agriculture Energy Audit with NYSERDA and select the Greenhouse Benchmarking Report option as your area of interest.
Mail application to:
Attn: Agriculture Energy Audit Program Administrator 17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
OR submit via email at: email@example.com
A consultant will contact you to identify your greenhouse’s segment and answer any questions about the audit process. Once your facility is approved, a FlexTech Consultant will contact you to move forward.
A FlexTech Consultant will visit your site to collect data on the facility, systems, energy use, and crop production.
Your FlexTech consultant will send you a comprehensive report summarizing and interpreting all collected data. Your report will include a benchmark comparison to other greenhouses of similar characteristics with pictures, charts, and other visuals to enhance your understanding.
Your report will include personalized recommendations on how to improve energy use efficiency in your greenhouse based on your data, explaining available technologies that fit your operation. Make upgrades to your management and technology and start tracking improvements!
Who will have access to my data?
Only NYSERDA and GLASE will have access to your data under your greenhouse’s name. All industry reports and benchmark comparisons will keep greenhouse identities anonymous.
Do I have to pay?
No! Participation is voluntary and free.
Do I have to be a member of GLASE?
No! Any greenhouse may participate.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Applicants must be a USDA-defined farm ($1000+ a year agricultural products produced and sold) and greenhouse facility, be customers of New York State investor-owned utilities, and contribute to the electric System Benefits Charge (SBC) – check electric bill for this info.