US (MA): Harnessing the sun to generate energy for growing cannabis

Growing cannabis, an energy-intensive activity, is not easy to take “off the grid.” Yet that is what Solar Therapeutics is planning to do.

This month the cannabis cultivation and retail company will turn on its microgrid, essentially giving Solar Therapeutics its own power plant, which will generate all the energy required to power its 42,000-square-foot cannabis grow facility. Part of the company’s core mission is to grow cannabis in the most energy-efficient way possible.

CEO Edward Dow said he is not aware of any other licensed commercial cannabis company that generates all its own power.

Dow, a former engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, said he thinks the time is right, given growing concerns about environmental sustainability and limiting carbon dioxide emissions. The model also makes financial sense, he said, since higher up-front costs will be recouped through lower energy bills.

“Building sustainably makes sense not just for optics, but as an investment,” Dow said.


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