After Colorado has burning through all of its energy savings with the addition of MMJ grow houses, you have to wonder if the sun is not a better solution? Bulbs like High Pressure Sodium (HPS) are often used for the flowering or budding stage. LED lights are making huge inroads in efficiency and focus of light wavelength, but you can never beat the sun.
- Security (this is a big one)
- Smell Pollution
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Retractable roofs are the obvious choice for large grow houses. They cost lots of money, but the savings are big.
Light tubes are another option. Why not build a few of these into every grow? They can be clocked off when necessary to encourage flowering.
I smoke pot, but do not enjoy the smell of large grow operations. I wonder is any “smell laws” are currently in place? Can something be done to reduce the smell of a MMJ grow, even when partially outdoors?
In any case, it seems like as a community, we should explore some of these options, in order to continue a decrease in energy usage.
With large Oil and even our own Excel Energy pulling strings to slow the advancement of alternative fuels, the fight has been tough . . . but, they better get on the boat soon, because alternative energy is the future. It is everywhere. If we can send a man to the moon, we can power mankind with more sustainable forms of energy.