LumiGrow Offers a Cost-Efficient Business Edge for Colorado Leaf and Other Cannabis Growers
Recreational Grower Saves Money and Energy with Networked LEDs
Emeryville, Calif. – October 1, 2015 – LumiGrow, Inc., the leader in horticultural spectrum control systems, gives growers in the increasingly competitive legal marijuana industry a cost-saving, growth-enhancing, leg up on the competition with its popular horticultural LED product lines. For the granular control over the growing process that cannabis producers need, growers also network their lights using the company’s patented SmartPAR spectrum control system.
Business-oriented cannabis producers such as Colorado Leaf, Inc., a licensed cannabis grower based in Pueblo, Colorado, know that it is necessary to do everything they can to get ahead of the competition in this rapidly expanding industry. Keith Sprau and Todd Yando, co-owners of Colorado Leaf, believe LumiGrow products are an important part of being out in front of their competitors.
“We’re not what people might think of when they picture traditional marijuana growers,” said Keith Sprau. “From the beginning, we’ve planned this operation from a pragmatic business perspective. We’re doing everything we can to optimize our operation, and LumiGrow is a big part of that. We’ve tried products from three other manufacturers and LumiGrow makes the best LED grow lights we’ve seen.”
Colorado Leaf greenhouse complex
While the company’s stage one 10,080-square-foot greenhouse complex is nearing completion, work has already begun on stage two that will double the capacity of the current structures. LED fixtures for both stages have already been purchased. The Spraus have confidence that using LED lights is going to save energy and money because they have field tested LumiGrow Pro 650 lights in the company’s 20 x 20 foot research and development grow space and saw up to 60 percent less power use than they had expected based on comparisons with other kinds of lighting. Probably of more importance to Colorado Leaf’s customers, the product they’ve grown is indistinguishable from the best found elsewhere.
“We’ve been putting the spectrum control capabilities of the LumiGrow Pro 650 fixtures to good use,” said Brett Sprau. “We adjust the spectrum as needed — mostly letting the plants thrive under blue light, and turning red off — and we’ve seen no internodal stretching while growing fat bushes.”
Brett Sprau of Colorado Leaf sees improved cannabis growth with LumiGrow LED grow lights
Colorado Leaf is saving money on more than just its monthly electric bill. As is the case with many utilities encouraging the use of energy saving devices, the company’s electricity provider, San Isabel Electric Association (SIEA), rebated $20,000 of the initial cost of the first order of LED lights. Sprau says they are hopeful SIEA might rebate even more on the second order as their contacts at the utility have expressed serious interest in the energy conservation possibilities offered by using LEDs. Recent report of the effect of cannabis production on Colorado’s energy consumption show why this has become such an important issue for utilities. According to a story posted on The Atlantic magazine’s City Lab website in July 2015, cannabis growers currently account for 45 percent of the 1.2 percent yearly increase in Denver’s electricity use. If all growers in the Denver area were to convert to using LED lights, the increase in total energy consumption could be cut by more than half a percent.
“Cannabis growers tend to be ‘green’ in most areas of their lives, but when it comes to their production practices, all too often environmental concerns are forgotten,” said Adam Gifford, President, CoGrowCo, an authorized LumiGrow value added reseller. “The team at Colorado Leaf is dedicated to using sustainable techniques and products. With LumiGrow LED lights, they’re producing the highest quality cannabis using a fraction of the energy of high intensity discharge lights.”
While it is at the heart of the operation’s energy saving efforts, the use of LED lights is just one of the tactics that Colorado Leaf uses to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The crops it produces will be all organic so they won’t need to use 36,000 gallons of water a month to flush toxic chemicals from the plants, both saving water and preventing chemical runoff from leeching into the soil. Also, the company has installed diffusion solar panels on the roofs of the greenhouses to generate supplemental electricity.
About LumiGrow, Inc.
LumiGrow, Inc., the leader in spectrum control systems, empowers growers and scientists with the ability to create individual lighting solutions that improve plant growth, boost crop yields, and achieve cost-saving operational efficiencies. LumiGrow offers a range of proven solutions for use in greenhouses, controlled environment agriculture and research chambers. LumiGrow solutions are eligible for energy-efficiency subsidies from utilities across North America. The company’s more than 3,000 installations in 30 countries include top global agribusinesses, many of the world’s top 100 produce and flower growers, more than 200 universities and the USDA. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, LumiGrow is privately owned and operated. For more information, call (800) 514-0487 or visit www.lumigrow.com, Twitter or Facebook.
About Colorado Leaf
Colorado Leaf is a purveyor of the finest wholesale organic cannabis in the Colorado retail marketplace. The company utilizes the latest industry technology in a state-of-the-art licensed cannabis greenhouse, consistently producing a high-quality finished product that has never before been seen on a wholesale level. By implementing the strictest controls while the company’s growers focus on finding the rarest and most elite strains, Colorado Leaf is raising standards for the cannabis industry worldwide. For wholesale purchase information, please email Keith Sprau or Brett Sprau. Like Colorado Leaf on Facebook.