Innovator Spotlight: Amplified Farms
Given the option to select the LED systems of their choice, Steve Squaglia, Co-Founder and Director of Cultivation and Zach Goodin, Co-Founder and Manager of Operations at Amplified Farms selected the Fluence SPYDRx PLUS. Amplified Farms designated two identical flower rooms to the trial, with all variables consistent except for lighting. One room contained 21 1,000-Watt Double-Ended HPS fixtures and they other contained 21 660-Watt Fluence SPYDRx PLUS fixtures.
A third-party consulting firm, Cadmus, monitored both rooms for the entire flowering cycle to collect energy and environmental data including energy consumption of lighting systems, plug loads and HVAC along with measuring photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD), temperature, relative humidity and CO2 levels. Cadmus also collected yield and potency results for all strains in the study.
The study found a 25 percent savings in total energy, and a 37 percent savings in lighting energy when comparing round two of the Fluence room to the HPS room. In addition to the energy savings, the team at Amplified Farms noted the Fluence room achieved higher THC levels than historical averages, and yield within range of historical averages.
“I’d say it was eye-opening. We are able to have a whole additional row under ten tons [of HVAC] with the LED. It’s nice to get a lower electric bill, but our main concern is freeing up more amperage to expand and grow more cannabis,” said Goodman.
Based on the results of the study, SMUD now offers financial incentives to help cover the cost difference between energy-efficient Fluence systems and traditional HPS fixtures. For the full detailed report of the SMUD study, visit: Indoor Horticulture Lighting Study
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