Innovator Spotlight: MedMen
By transforming the growing facility from a single-tier traditional indoor farm using high pressure sodium (HPS) lights into a multi-tier vertical farm with Fluence LED lights, MedMen has decreased cycle time on eight-week strains by up to 25 percent, reducing production time by 5 to 7 days for retail flower market and by 12 to 14 days for oil-extraction and derivatives markets. As well as more than doubled production per square foot & reduced land requirements by 50 percent.
The addition of Fluence LED lights reduced the cost per pound of finished product by 75 percent, decreased energy consumption per light fixture by 40 percent, going from approximately 1,100 watts per light to 660 watts per light. The reduced heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) load by approximately 35 percent per square foot of canopy has had a positive environmental impact. Med Men has increased crop yield by 157 percent while reducing water and fertilizer usage as well as improved consistent, year-round flower quality and chemotype with denser trichrome development.