The Cannabis Business Times conducted a survey and found that 80% of respondents grew at least part (or all) of their cannabis crops indoors. Indoor growing will likely continue to be the preferred method of cultivation, because it gives cultivators more control over the environment, and because many of the newer hybrid varieties of cannabis are designed to grow at their optimum in indoor conditions.
1)Figuring out grow light efficiency is the key to saving both profit and planetAs far as operational efficiency is concerned, the largest energy-consuming system is lighting, specifically, marijuana grow lights. Light levels (lumens, color spectrum), fixture technology, and burn hours are critical aspects of product yield and potency. As compared to standard commercial warehouse lighting, traditional grow lights are very energy-use intensive and only a portion of the fixtures allow control of light level adjustments. Additionally, for the most part, lighting is manually controlled, with some ambient lighting remaining illuminated up to twenty-four hours each day.
LED lighting is an option that is gaining ground in the industry and will likely become the standard because it is the most efficient in itself; while its lower heat output results in less of a need for fans and plant covers leading to higher levels of efficiency throughout entire system.