Price volatility is a concern with many greenhouses. Sometimes, a long-term supply contract is the only way to secure financing for a new biomass boiler. Most lenders would like to see a grower have their fuel supply secured in-order for them to qualify for financing. Ecostrat can take away the volatility of fuel pricing by providing long term fixed price contracts—up to ten years.
Serialized Verified Emission Reduction (VERs) credits
Many of the company's clients in Ontario are enrolled in the VERs credits. This is an Ecostrat program whereby the use of biomass to produce energy allows clients to generate credits and significant revenue through the biomass-to-energy offset project. Revenue can exceed $8 per tonne of wood fuel purchased and is projected to increase in the future. In addition to a fuel switch, clients avoid having the biomass being sent to landfill where it would have released methane gas via anaerobic decomposition.
Ecostrat’s relationship with greenhouse industry
Ecostrat is one of the largest suppliers of woody biomass to the greenhouse industry in Ontario. They have been serving this industry for 15 years. Their extensive supply network enables them to reliably serve greenhouses located most places in Canada and the United States.
Their clients use biomass as a source of heating fuel to reduce annual heating costs, to mitigate the volatility of the price of natural gas, and to address the risk of potential interruption of natural gas during extreme cold months.
Visit EcoStrat during the Canadian Greenhouse Conference at booth # 206.