Article by Jeff Lawrence, CTV News
Electricity consumption is one of the biggest barriers to going green in the cannabis industry, but an Edmonton-area pot producer has come up with a sunny solution.
Freedom Cannabis is unveiling the largest rooftop solar system used by a cannabis facility in Canada at its 126,000-square foot Acheson location, 20 kilometres west of Edmonton on Tuesday.
The “state-of-the-art” 1,830-kilowatt solar array—made up of 4,574 panels—was supplied by Enmax and will offset more than 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year, the company said.
That will supply roughly eight per cent of the building’s annual power consumption and reduce costs by $200,000 to $300,000 annually.
“Being responsible is at the heart of everything we do,” said Freedom Cannabis co-founder and executive director Troy Dezwart. “It is our responsibility to recognize our industry’s impact on the environment and work to do everything we can to minimize it, and lead positive change for all .”
The company cited a 2017 report that found cannabis growers in the U.S. used enough electricity to power 1.7-million homes, and said cannabis-related power consumption is expected to increase by 1,250 per cent in Ontario over the next five years.