To ease the strain on California’s energy grid, the State of California authorized the Market Access Program as a strategy to reduce peak demand and mitigate rolling blackouts. The program authorized $150 million to incentivize projects that contribute to energy savings during the summers of 2022 and 2023. There are no cost caps and no product restrictions, but the program funds are first come, first served.
Compared to the grow operations outfitted with traditional HPS lights, California Lightworks’ MegaDrive increases yield (both in terms of pounds per square foot and pounds per watt) as well as crop quality.
Compared to other LED fixtures, the MegaDrive LED technology reduces fixture costs by up to 30% and installation costs by up to 80%. In addition, these benefits come at a 50% lower operating cost compared to traditional HPS lighting systems.
MegaDrive spectrum and dimming controls can be integrated with third-party greenhouse environmental control systems or done independently using a unique touch screen and wireless solution. Every aspect of yield can be dialed in this way. In addition, the system’s slim linear light design and central power supply reduce shadowing.
MegaDrive installations are great because you have no drivers in the fixtures. The power units that drive and control the lights are installed away from the grow area, up to 300 feet from the light fixtures. The system also simplifies the tuning of light spectrum and intensity, saving energy and increasing yields.
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