New Facility Views Advanced LED Technology as Key to Controlling Consistency of Medicinal Profiles and Crop Quality
(GOTHENBURG, Sweden/SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 11, 2017) Heliospectra AB (publ) (OTCQB: HLSPY, FIRSTNORTH: HELIO), a world leader in intelligent lighting technology for greenhouse and controlled plant growth environments, announces a new order from TruGanic Hybrid Cultivation. The indoor agriculture facility is investing in Heliospectra lighting solutions to control consistency of medicinal cannabis profiles and standardize crop quality. The order is valued at $93,500 (790 000 SEK).
THCultivation is building a state-of-the art facility in the Portland, Oregon area. They plan to initiate an extensive breeding program and cultivate eight different strains using a double tier vertical rack system to optimize space. The order includes Heliospectra’s LX60 lighting solutions to give THCultivation an adjustable-spectra which can be used across the plant growth cycle from vegetation to sea of green flower.
“We want to focus on the vegetation stage with the goal of taking clones to one gallon plants in four weeks,” said Bruce Caruso, Director of Cultivation at THCultivation. “The ability to establish strong, healthy plants from day one and dial in the light strategies by strain with granular control over the far red is critical. Heliospectra is the most advanced and flexible sole source lighting solution on the market for our indoor growing environment.”
An experienced cultivar, Caruso and THCultivation owner Ryan Miles conducted extensive competitive research on lighting solutions best suited for organic, no-till beds and indoor growing. They determined that Heliospectra offers a robust, durable solution that is waterproof. The lamps feature built-in fans to support active air movement and cooling. The proprietary optics ensure uniform light distribution with penetration to the bottom of the plant canopy or tier. Heliospectra’s energy efficient 600W LEDs also deliver immediate cost savings on the construction of the THCultivation facility.
“We realized that installing the Heliospectra lights requires far less HVAC infrastructure and reduces our upfront construction investment,” explained Miles. “If you start to think about how our business operations will scale while utility rates continue to rise over the next 10 to 15 years, the opportunity to streamline the electricity demand without sacrificing light intensity also represents significant dollar savings.”
Heliospectra’s recently announced CORTEX control software features energy consumption monitoring and interactive data visualization. THCultivation and other commercial cannabis growers can use the platform’s centralized management and scheduling tools to control and automate light strategies or group lights into zones for each stage of plant growth.
“We are privileged to partner with TruGanic Hybrid Cultivation. Our customer truly understands the sustainable cost savings and value generation of implementing a market-proven lighting solution,” said Ali Ahmadian, CEO of Heliospectra. “TruGanic Hybrid Cultivation recognizes that controlling consistency of medicinal profiles and crop quality also ensures a sustainable business model.”