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Default Solar Powered Cultivation Rooms: Turning Indoor Growing “Green”

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Solar Powered Cultivation Rooms: Turning Indoor Growing “Green”

By Monterey Bud on July 16, 2015

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.


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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


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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