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Cannabis Farmers Use Generators To Try And Save Crops After Wildfires

By | Generators

There’s been a lot of focus on the damage California’s recent wildfires have done to the region’s winemakers, but an equally as hard-hit industry are the marijuana growers. The fires could not have hit at a worse time – October is harvest time and recreational sales in California are set to being in January 2018. Many cannabis farmers are now facing an uncertain future, but are doing what they can to save their crops.

Generators are helping them do so.

Power For Water And Clean Up 

Growers have turned to generators to help salvage what they can of their marijuana crops. For some, that means using generators to pump water to their plants. For others, generators are powering fans so farmers can try and keep the heat down and clear out smoke and pollutants released by the fires. Even if crops can be saved, growers face quality concerns over plants that have been coated in soot and ash.

Safety First

Although generators are often used to help grow marijuana, and in this case, save crops, they do have dangers, if they aren’t properly operated. In fact, one of California’s 2016 wildfires has been traced back to a portable generator.

Hopefully, now that growing is legal in the state, farmers will take proper precautions and consult electricians and generator providers to create a safer operation. Both electricians and generator providers can help farmers properly size their power equipment, ensure it is properly connected to the growhouse, and even create automatic systems that require less manual operation. All three of those steps can help prevent overheated engines and reduce the risk of power loss and/or a fire starting.

Contact Critical Power Products & Services For Generator Sales And Rental

If you need to supply power to a remote cannabis operation or need to get your farm cleaned up after the 2017 wildfires, contact Critical Power Products & Services. We offer generator sales and rentals to provide power in locations that are not supplied by the local grid or that are recovering from a sustained power outage.

Call 1-877-832-7120 or visit www.criticalpower.com for more information.

Keeping The Green Growing: Backup Power For Marijuana Operations

By | Backup power, Emergency Preparedness

As of 2017, 26 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use. Pot has become a $6.7 billion industry in the U.S. and Canada – and one of the most energy intensive.

Marijuana farms require 24/7 power to provide the growing conditions necessary to keep up with demand. Lighting, heating, ventilation, and A/C, sometimes in multiple facilities at multiple sites, push a demand for power that could soon strain the electrical grid and, in some cases, already does. Some growers are taking matters into their own hands and installing backup power systems at their farms. 

Benefitting From Backup Power

Marijuana growers have perfected their farming techniques to maximize growth (and income) year-round – and that requires constant power. Since many operations are indoors, power is needed to ensure plants receive the light they need. Even one day without light can harm marijuana plants. For facilities without windows or access to natural light, a power outage spells certain doom.

Another concern is keeping the ambient air temperature stable. Once the weather turns chilly, you’ll need to crank up the heat lamps or turn up the thermostat. Anything under 50 degrees can harm plants and freezing temps can kill them!

The very best way to ensure your marijuana growing operation always has the power it needs is to install a backup power system like a standby generator. Standby generators run on natural gas, propane or diesel fuel and can be hooked right in to the building’s electrical system. As soon as there’s a dip in power, the system can be set up to automatically kick on and keep all of your electrical systems operating as normal.

Standby or backup power generators operate completely independent of the local power grid. They only turn on when the main power supply stops for some reason. They can be customized to meet just about any power demand and can be wired to turn on automatically or manually. 

Can You Afford To Protect Your Crop?

There’s a preconceived notion that backup generators and power systems are prohibitively expensive. Many marijuana farmers then think that there is no way they can afford to install a backup power system, but, for certain areas of the country, that’s a very risky assumption. A better question to ask is if you can afford NOT to install backup power. How much do you stand to lose if a crop goes bad? Compare than to the cost of a new, used, or surplus generator to get an idea of whether or not the investment will pay off.