The time to switch to high-efficiency lighting
Added on 20 July 2023
CEA operations often operate on tight margins. The cannabis cultivation competition is “cutthroat,” says RII member Thomas Lor, an Engineering & Design Solutions Engineer at Southern California Edison. As a representative of the power utility, he works with many cannabis operations in southern California in developing energy load management plans.
“Compared to 2018, their profit margins have contracted an incredible amount and are continuing to see downward pressure in the face of increasing costs and competition,” he shares. “Now that the initial market boom has kind of subsided, savvier operators are realizing that process efficiencies need to be maximized for a lot of these businesses to remain viable.” He notes that energy bills make up a significant portion of total operating costs, and “doing something as simple as moving to LED lighting technology can help slash your energy bill by 30 to 40%.”
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