Using Heliospectra LED Grow Lights Cuts HVAC Capital Expenditure in Half
When The Grove, a cannabis grow operation in Nevada, began exploring building out their facility with Heliospectra LED lighting, the return on their investment became quite clear when they calculated the HVAC savings. The Grove had studied all of the available lamps in the marketplace from a yield and quality of flower standpoint and the Heliospectra LX601C lamps stood heads above the competition. The HVAC savings more than sealed the deal.
The reduction in capital expenditure alone justifies the price tag for Heliospectra’s LED grow lights, not to mention the dramatic monthly savings. According to the original plans for HPS lighting in the facility, the operation called for 90 tons of AC per grow room (they currently operate 5 of the 10 rooms). The general contractor, Aaron Tippets of Tippets Mechanical, did his own heat testing of HPS vs LED. His conclusions led the operation down a much more efficient path with the installation of Heliospectra lamps. The total demanded for each room was cut in half, down to 50 tons / room.
“We originally specified the HVAC system in our facility for HPS lighting. By using Heliospectra LED grow lights we were able to cut the HVAC demanded in half, saving us over 1.4mil USD in upfront expenses. The ROI with LED lamps was obvious”. - Kevin Biernacki, Head Grower at The Grove
After all of the calculations were done, including the HVAC CapEx and OpEx, the ROI on Heliospectra lamps would take place within a year of operation. This savings guarantees a much lower cost of goods produced for The Grove, an upside that the operation will enjoy as downward product pricing pressure begins to grow in the market. Other operations that have chosen the less efficient HPS route will be forced to perform expensive retrofits if they plan to compete.
“I wish all of my projects went as well as The Grove. Grow operations really need to be looking at alternatives to HPS lamps”. - Aaron Tippets, Tippets Mechanical