Bringing energy efficiency to cannabis operationsFierce Energy, April 22, 2014
In the midst of a shakeup surrounding the legal status of marijuana, the United States is grappling with serious and complex issues related to the intense energy drain that legal grow house operations put on the electricity grid, according to Manifest Mind who recently introduced research on the subject.
According to the Manifest Mind report, residential dwellings that grow cannabis often use 10 times the amount of energy as an average home, while warehouse operations may use as much energy as an industrial-scale data center. These huge amounts of energy consumption can place a real strain on the grid. However, legalization of marijuana can actually reduce the demands placed on the grid, as growers can take advantage of energy efficiency products and services for their now legal operations.
But will growers seize these opportunities?