In an industry that’s thought to be one of the most unsustainable in the country, Canndescent is taking strides toward self-sufficiency in cannabis by embracing renewable energy through their very own commercial-scale solar project in Desert Hot Springs.
A typical grow facility has many needs, including irrigation, security, artificial lighting, air conditioning, ventilation, and dehumidification, depending on if it’s indoor or outdoor. It’s estimated that indoor and light-dep greenhouse growers are currently responsible for using roughly 1 percent of the total electricity produced in the United States.
For this reason, the team at Canndescent decided to do what they could to reduce their impact on the environment and commissioned a solar project. In 2019, the project was completed and began providing onsite renewable solar energy to about 25-30 percent of its indoor facility needs; approximately enough power needed to charge 20% of the smartphones in the United States for a day.
The clean energy system at Canndescent offsets the same amount of carbon per year as a 430-acre forest. Also, it helps reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere by 365 metric tons/year (per NREL and EPA estimates). This averages out to a total of 78 cars taken off the road every year, making renewable solar energy an obvious choice for cannabis companies eager to reduce their carbon footprint and make a difference.
For more information on the practices and processes that Canndescent swears by to produce their ultra-premium cannabis products, visit their Art of Flower page to learn more.