Session 3

Session 3: Moving Projects Forward: Leveraging Incentives to Minimize Costs

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 1pm-2:15pm EST
Immediately following from 2:15pm-3pm a 45-minute Ask the Expert session on Retrofit vs. New Construction with our panelists.

View Presentation Here

Utilities are concerned about managing the demand from growing energy loads in controlled environment agriculture and are eager to establish best practices to harvest energy savings. Most utilities are using custom programs to evaluate horticulture lighting installations and incentive applications. Learn from expert panelists which best practices are recommended/needed to maximize utility incentives and lower your capital costs.

  • Review the components of hort lighting application and understand how to meet the utility requirements in order to maximize incentives.
  • Discover real examples of how industry experts have established best practices to harvest energy savings that result in higher incentives.
  • Learn how to avoid pitfalls from utility early adopters in the incentive structure.


  • Utility members
  • Implementers
  • Growers
  • Manufacturers
  • Regulators


Jeannie Leggett Sikora
Energy Engineer

Jeannie Leggett Sikora’s career in energy efficiency has spanned the agricultural, residential, and industrial sectors. Her main responsibilities at CLEAResult include serving as a company-wide subject matter expert for agriculture, measuring and verifying savings for commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs, and consulting on the design of utility energy efficiency programs. Prior to joining CLEAResult in 2012, she worked in university cooperative extension on various farm and food processing energy issues, conducted research and outreach for the home building industry, and operated a consulting business.

Brady Nemeth
Utility Rebate Coordinator
Fluence Bioengineering

Brady Nemeth is Fluence’s Utility Rebate Coordinator where he helps customers receive incentives from their local electrical utility, running a program that has helped secure over $10 million to date. Relatively new to the horticultural space, Brady’s background is primarily working on energy efficiency programs for lighting. Prior to his current role, he worked as a home energy auditor, provided technical review of Solid-state lighting products under a support contract, and worked as the Compliance Program Manager for the DLC. Brady holds a bachelor’s degree from NC State University in Raleigh, NC, and currently resides in Fluence’s hometown of Austin, Texas.

Bob Gunn
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Bob founded Seinergy to experiment with new market opportunities and challenge some outdated utility models. Prior to Seinergy, Bob was an economist at Snohomish Public Utility District, working a various projects including energy efficiency programs. Bob holds an MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, a BA from Colorado College and is a Certified Energy Manager through the Association of Certified Engineers. Bob is an analyst at heart, rooted in the electric utility industry and loves numbers, spreadsheets and energy efficiency. In his spare time, Bob loves to tinker with anything he can get his hands on - wood, pipes, wires - often associated with tearing holes in his house.

Michael Zartarian
Owner, Electrical/Horticultural Design Engineer
Zartarian Engineering, LLC

Mike grew up in the agricultural community of the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. There he developed a deep respect for both conventional and small scale organic production methods. He attended Northeastern University earning a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and spent the first part of his career designing speaker systems and audio electronics for performing musicians. The switch to precision agriculture came naturally, and he has worked on a wide variety of projects in both cannabis and vegetable production, focusing on LED systems, sensors, power systems and facility design. Mike is the principal of Zartarian Engineering in Boston, MA.