Solar Powered Cultivation Rooms: Turning Indoor Growing “Green”

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As California prepares to overhaul their pricing plan for electricity and rate hikes loom large over the marijuana industry, experienced cultivators understand that investing in solar powered grow equipment can be one of the more cost-effective ways to insure profitability for their indoor grow rooms –thereby keeping PG&E bills down and profits up.

Energy-Efficient Cultivation Equipment

Energy-Efficient Cultivation Equipment

How many growers have ever considered whether or not a solar powered grow room might be the answer to their current financial dilemma? Regardless of whether they choose to plug their high-tech photovoltaic system straight into the grid (making a few extra bucks by selling their unused power back to PG&E), or opting to keep a low profile with an off grid system. As energy prices go up, today’s solar systems will begin to pay huge dividends for the indoor grower.

While the benefits of solar power are many – like saving cash on a grow rooms electricity bill, and remaining operational during blackouts; solar systems maximize the cultivators profitability and protects the environment. Generally speaking, good enough reasons to consider the switch.

Safety, Cash & the Environment

PG&E’s SmartMeters

PG&E’s SmartMeters

In California, growing marijuana indoors is remarkably less risky when done off grid. Primarily because of PG&E’s SmartMeters and their unrelenting hunt for elevated electricity consumption. Those who fire up large-scale grow-ops without augmenting their power utilized from the grid, stand a good chance of getting an unwanted visit from the local or federal Po-Po. And don’t forget, as our summers become warmer and power outages become more frequent, those growers with an off grid system will be able to maintain their indoor gardens without interruption. Thereby preventing the potential loss of an entire crop of indoor chronic.

From a monetary standpoint, today’s solar powered grow rooms can save some serious green when it comes to electricity bills. Depending on the size of your solar array, today’s panels can easily offset enough electricity to run a small grow room (approximately 800 kilowatts hours) without being noticed. Those 800-kilowatt hours would represent approximately $88 on a monthly basis (800kW x 11 cents per kilowatt hour); potentially doubling the usage of a small home’s electricity bill.

From an environmental standpoint, by producing the grow rooms power directly from that big ball of fire hovering over our heads, growers can minimize their carbon footprint while utilizing 100% renewable energy; a pretty sweet deal for the cash-strapped eco-friendly grower.

 

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

3 Comments

  1. Adding solar, which is still very inefficient, will make the cost to grow more than $1,500/lb. Solar is .5% of electricity generation in the US because it’s still too expensive. Cheerleading doesn’t change that.

    • Zarah Zalazar on

      Hi Jayson, I’m a solar panel consultant and I have done many quotes for solar for grows here in Colorado and have yet to find a situation where solar panels doesn’t alleviate the cost of a grow usually up to 40% and increase the grows profits -oh and eliminate the large carbon footprint grows leave. I think what you mean to say is, solar panels has a high upfront cost. Keep in mind you might only spend $500 a month on your grow’s electricity from the grid but that’s still $60,000 over 10 years…now, that $30,000 solar system seems like a great deal and there are loans if you can’t cough up that much cash on day one. If you change your mentality to long-term grow profits then you will rep what you sew 😉 aka money.

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