Solar provider Solar Alliance Energy Inc. has signed an agreement with Coachella Brands Inc. for the design and construction of a 600 kW ground-mounted solar project at a new legal cannabis growing and processing facility in California.
Solar Alliance says its engineering team analyzed Coachella’s requirements and designed a system that will offset a large portion of the facility’s electricity needs with lower-cost renewable energy.
“It has been estimated that one percent of America’s electricity generation is used by cannabis growers, a very significant figure given growth projections. The signing of this commercial solar project agreement with Coachella Brands provides an entry into an extremely attractive and developing market with an aggressive growth curve,” says Jason Bak, chairman and CEO of Solar Alliance.
“The rapidly growing cannabis industry is energy intensive, and the current power infrastructure is not yet sufficient to supply demand in many areas,” he adds. “By removing power as the constraint to growth and offering financing products tailored to the industry, we are planning to have Solar Alliance become the solar provider of choice for cannabis facilities.”
Solar Alliance says the next stage in the project’s development is to complete a final feasibility study, which will consist of system design, grid interconnection/utility meter connection point, construction and technical requirements, permitting requirements, safety requirements and any additional modifications required to support the project. The preliminary schedule for the project anticipates construction commencing in January 2018.