The Growing Relationship Between “The Solar Energy” And Cannabis Industries

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The cannabis industry is one of the most unsustainable industries on a worldwide scale. This fact might seem counterintuitive due to the global restrictions and prohibitive laws surrounding the industry’s growth and scale. However, these limitations do not stop the demand. And naturally, where there is demand, there is supply – even when contrary to the law.

A vast number of indoor, outdoor, and mixed cannabis growth warehouses exist across the world. Despite the varied methods and approaches applied for promoting cannabis growth in each of these settings, they all produce harmful emissions.

Indoor, sealed-off growth centers generally require robust heating systems, dehumidifiers, coolers, and most notably, lighting. Cannabis crops growing in more diverse settings are growth-aided by a few added features, while the rest is taken care of by nature (exposure to sunlight, air, natural soil, etc).

Using Non-Renewable Energy to Promote Cannabis Growth

The majority of suppliers have traditionally opted for high-pressure sodium light sources to keep their crops healthy and harvestable. Precisely, this incredibly intense light source accounts for more than half of indoor cannabis growth electricity. Considered to be around 500 times stronger than a reading light ­­– it can be expensive. And of even more concern to growers in countries where marijuana is illegal – it can be noticeable.

But perhaps where the heavy-duty light source is finding most of its’ critics are among those concerned for the environment.

The Upside to the Introduction of Solar Power 

Traditionally used by the cannabis industry as an energy source to offset law enforcement, solar energy is slowly coming to the forefront of many suppliers’ business plans. Since solar power does not technically expend any energy while producing energy, it’s completely off-grid. This means that suppliers were less likely to have their marijuana growth activities betrayed by their electricity bills.

Essentially, cannabis suppliers are being saved by the sun – particularly indoor sellers who predominantly work in built-up areas and cities.

Nonetheless, the shift from traditional power sources to more eco-friendly power sources has been slow, even in Amsterdam, Canada, and Jamaica, where the cultivation, harvesting, and sale of cannabis is entirely legal.

The Future of Solar Energy and Cannabis


It seems the cannabis and solar energy industries will be cooperating for the foreseeable future. As cannabis and hemp products are increasingly included in mainstream products, their traditional energy expenditure will become less acceptable. Moreover, the high retail prices due to high electricity bills will not exactly be conducive to encouraging sales.

The use of solar energy can fix the cannabis industry’s plummeting sales by releasing pressure on their budget so that they can cultivate realistic margins.

As governments worldwide look towards the legalization of cannabis, it would be a significant oversight not to incorporate the promotion of solar energy into their plans. The cannabis and solar industries plan to grow in a mutually beneficial partnership if legislation and regulations are crafted mindfully.


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