No matter where one stands personally on this issue, the reality is that the utility industry needs to begin to plan for the electric demand to support marijuana cultivation. LED technology is just now gaining traction with the cultivation community. Similar to other uses of LED technology, we can expect to see energy savings as high as 60%. DNV GL energy engineers created a sample project, simulating a grow facility switching from static color 1000w HPS lamps to 630w LED fixtures that is controlled by software to tune color output to the plant’s stage of growth.
Authors: Wesley Whited and John Greco