Freedom Cannabis flipped the switch Tuesday on a rooftop solar system at its facility 20 kilometres west of Edmonton, claiming it is the largest such solar operation in Canada. 

The cannabis grower describes the system as state-of-the-art, adding it will save the company money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The growing process requires immense amounts of energy for lights, heating, pumps and ventilation fans. While no national statistics exist in Canada, information gathered by cannabis research firm New Frontier Group states cannabis growers in the United States used enough electricity to power 1.7 million homes in 2017.

Freedom’s solar array consists of 4,574 solar modules that will produce a maximum of 1,830 kW for the company’s 126,000-square-foot facility, which is located in Acheson, Alta.

When fully functional, the solar array will offset about 1,041 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually and supply about 8 per cent of the building’s annual power consumption.

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