The facility received a record $1 Million in energy efficiency incentives from National Grid, a first for the cannabis industry.
Located in Somerset, Massachusetts, Solar Cannabis Company's (formerly known as Solar Therapeutics) indoor farm spans over 67,000 square feet and is the only energy-independent cannabis cultivation and dispensary facility in the U.S. Achieving such a designation requires an all-of-the-above strategic approach to energy reduction—and no better place to start than with the largest energy consuming systems—lighting and HVAC.
Efficiency Starts with Design
urban-gro began working with Solar Cannabis Co. during the facility's design phase. By working with urban-gro's professional design services team and engaging with strategic partners like Fluence for state-of-the-art LED lighting and Argus for fertigation management, the facility was able to meet Massachusetts' strict energy per square foot requirements as well as implementing water reduction strategies and wastewater management.
Through a highly collaborative design process, Solar Cannabis Co. and urban-gro achieved peak operational efficiency through:
- Sustainable irrigation
- Optimized fertigation and watering
- High-efficiency LED lighting
As a result, Solar was able to reduce their overall energy consumption by 40%. Combined with the company's on-site solar grid, the remaining emissions were offset by nearly 60%.