Marijuana is the most energy intensive agricultural crop produced in the U.S. High energy costs, which can account for as much as half of the total wholesale price, are driven by the electricity required to grow the plant indoors, manage the intense heat generated by conventional indoor cultivation lights, and operate all the ventilation, cooling, water and humidity management systems required to maintain optimal growing conditions for the plants. This report looks at how high electricity costs are impacting the industry, and explores strategies growers can adopt to more effectively manage their future energy use.
- The challenge of conventional lighting
- Addressing the ways in which prohibition’s legacy impedes progress on energy efficiency
- Market forces are fueling new focus on reducing energy use
- High costs of promising technologies are impeding new growth
- Lighting Innovation
- Quality vs. Profitability
* Published February 2016