It’s no secret that one of your biggest cannabis production expenses, especially if growing indoors, is the high cost of electricity. Outlaws stupidly get themselves caught by stealing power for illegal grow houses all the time. Thanks to California passing Prop 64, cannabis has been recognized as a legitimate agricultural crop by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and growers can emerge from the shadows to become licensed businesses in January of 2018.
Switching from metal halide and high pressure sodium fixtures to more efficient, high lumens per watt LEDs can save you 35% or more on your electrical bills, not to mention eliminating the cost of bulb replacement. At PG&E residential tiered rates though, you are still paying a fortune for electrons whether illuminating your grow for flowering at only 12 hours daily or running your lamps 18 – 24 hours during the vegetative growth phase. Besides lighting, there’s water treatment, nutrient distribution and the various components of your HVAC system running 24/7.
On March 1, 2017 PG&E announced that cannabis growers would immediately be eligible for agricultural discounts. Wow, this could dramatically lower your future cost of operations! “Cannabis is a legal crop in our state, like almonds and tomatoes. Agricultural growers now will be eligible for the same rate and energy efficiency programs as farmers of other crops,” said Deborah Affonsa, Vice President of Customer Service at PG&E. It’s important to note that these discounted rates do not apply to personal use home growers cultivating up to their state allowed 12 immature or 6 mature (flowering) cannabis plants. These discounts are for local jurisdiction permitted businesses, indoors or outdoors – so medical cannabis growers can get with the program right away.
Information source: marijuanatimes.org