Cannabis cultivation in Canada is looking into different ways of going green on the energy conservation scene. Numbers these days place the legal cannabis industry to be worth billions of dollars. This number is anticipated to reach hundreds of billions of dollars in a short time. The legal global cannabis industry will without a doubt shape the future and play a pivotal role in our planet’s future.
Cannabis legalization aims to help prevent some of the past atrocities seen by those who grow this widely misunderstood plant. Regulations for cannabis cultivation make it difficult for certain areas to grow outdoors. Climate also prevents certain areas from having enough time to grow a few crops outdoors which doesn’t help the issues of a lack of supply to feed the demand. For this reason and many others, indoor cannabis grows have become increasingly popular.
Benefits of an Indoor Grow Come with Costs
An indoor grow allows for year-round production in a controlled environment. However, they come at a cost. The cost is not the price of the facility, but rather a cost to the environment as the amount of energy to power grow facilities has become an issue.
Can electricity really be the issue with all the low watt consuming LED lights? Yes, because it’s more than just the lights that run on power. There are lights, fans, humidity control systems, and more involved in cannabis cultivation. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, electricity consumption by grow facilities that are cultivating cannabis are “staggering” in comparison to residential and business use. In 2015, the average electricity consumption of a 5,000-square-foot indoor facility in Boulder County [Colorado] was 41,808 kilowatt-hours per month, while an average household in the county used about 630 kilowatt-hours.”
Greenhouses May be the Way to Grow
Outdoor grows are the way to go when you want to cut down on energy cost, but since everyone can’t grow outdoors, greenhouse grows are becoming the wave of the future.
The benefit of having an average of 90 to 95% of the light used to cultivate cannabis coming from the sun is obvious. Not to mention, cannabis plant cultivated in outdoor environments produce tastier, more potent results that resonate better with customers. Structuring rules and regulations encouraging more greenhouse and outdoor cannabis grows is a way to help save energy. Go green and help the green scene stay green while ushering in a happier, healthier, and of course greener future.