San Francisco cannabis grower using 100% renewable energy

Marijuana cultivators have become an increasing burden on power grids across the country, especially where cannabis is legal.

But in the heart of San Francisco, at least one cultivator has made the switch to completely renewable energy through a partnership with the city’s utility department.

Sense, which runs a small, 2,000-square-foot grow in the city, is using the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission program CleanPowerSF, Greenstate reported.

Under the city’s program, the grow gets 100% of its power from renewable sources, a trend that could see a big upward swing in other markets depending on how much electrical demand indoor grows begin to account for in coming years.

Other San Francisco MJ companies plan to follow suit, including vertically integrated retailer SPARC (San Francisco Patient and Resource Center) and grower GoldSealSF, Greenstate reported.

The problem of power costs is not a new one.

Plenty of indoor growers have long been eyeballing shifts to technology that will help them save on the price of electricity, such as LED lights or other efficiencies.

And some indoor growers, in states like Colorado and Massachusetts, are already facing government mandates to lower their carbon footprint and energy use.

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6 comments on “San Francisco cannabis grower using 100% renewable energy
  1. william fowler on

    It is interesting I have written to your magazine to write a story about our solar run cannabis facility here in Northern California (one of the very few operating on a green footprint) and no response from the magazine. We have 80 solar panels currently connected to P.G.&E. electric company and this keeps our biggest cost to the bare mimum of 30 cents per gram. We will be adding another 80 panels creating a total of 80,000 kilowatts of solar power. It is rather odd to note that your magazine has no interest in this totally “green” cannabis farm run entirely by veterans….

    • Minh Vo on

      Hi William Fowler,

      Sound’s great! I have the same idea as your couple years ago but know nowhere to start.

      Could you provide some help to people like me to learn more base on your experience or a link to where I can study?

      Thanks in advance!

      Minh Vo

    • Devin Cooley on

      Hi William Fowler!

      Do you guys do any indoor growing? If so, what type of HVAC units are you using to maintain air temp and humidity? My company’s product and approach is a simple, but elegant, design that utilizes the sun’s energy to lower HVAC energy consumption 25-40%, qualifies for federal and state incentives, small footprint per air conditioner, and is thermal not electric, so we are not grid-tied. Let me know if you are interested in learning more and we can discuss if SunTrac is a fit for your grow operation!!! Looking forward to hearing from you.
      – Devin Cooley | President & COO

  2. Remington Schmidt on

    While solar is great it takes up tons of room my company used chp which is natural gas powered generators which can fully sustain any large scale project without needing all that land as solar does [email protected]

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