Marijuana cultivators can possibly benefit from the recently released Tesla battery, which could help growers cut energy costs and save thousands of dollars in lost income in the event of a power outage.
The Tesla battery – called the Powerwall – stores electricity generated from solar panels and when utility rates are low. It can then be used to power buildings in the evenings or when electricity rates are high, according to the company.
It also acts as a secondary power source during outages and “offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup,” according to Tesla’s website. A version for businesses, the Powerpack, will be made available later this year.
The batteries are not designed to self-sufficiently power a grow operation, but they could help mitigate the large amount of electricity used by cannabis cultivators.
The Powerwall, the home version of the battery, costs $3,000 to $3,500, depending on storage and output capacity, and can be stacked to cater to homeowners, business owners and even marijuana growers. The batteries also could be used to run a production operation for several hours when power rates are high or during outages, according to Gizmodo.com.
Power use and the ensuing electric bills have long been an issue for cultivators, with some saying it’s their second-biggest monthly expense behind licensing and regulatory fees.