MedMen Cannabis Vertical Farm in California Raises Yield 157% with Fluence Bioengineering LED Grow Lights

MedMen deploys Fluence SPYDR and RAZR LED solutions for improved growth, development, potency and quality of flower at state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation facility

Fluence Bioengineering today announced that its LED systems have been selected by MedMen, a leading cannabis firm, for its newly renovated cultivation facility in Los Angeles. The new, state-of-the-art vertical farm replaces a traditional single-tier cultivation facility, and enables MedMen to use fewer natural resources, increase overall revenue per square foot and reduce operating cost per pound.

“Being an industry leader, our goal is to stay out in front and push our company into the future,” said Damian Solomon, Director of Cultivation at MedMen. “With the Fluence LED systems, we see faster bloom cycles and a significant increase in potency, density and overall quality of flower compared to traditional HID lights. It’s clear Fluence is a perfect partner to deliver the tools and technology to help us achieve our goals.”

MedMen cannabis vertical farm with Fluence SPYDRx PLUS LED lighting systems. (MedMen/LEDinside)

The new facility is optimized to increase revenue per square foot, with all phases of plant cultivation — from propagation to bloom — growing under Fluence LED lighting systems. 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%, reducing production time by 5 to 7 days for retail flower market and by 12 to 14 days for oil-extraction and derivatives markets
  • Reduced the cost per pound of finished product by 300%
  • Decreased energy consumption per light fixture by 40%, going from approximately 1,100 watts per light to 660 watts per light
  • Reduced heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) load by approximately 35% per square foot of canopy
  • More than doubled production per square foot; reduced land requirements by 50%
  • Increased crop yield by 157% while reducing water and fertilizer usage
  • Improved consistent, year-round flower quality and chemotype with denser trichrome development

“MedMen is a shining example of how the cannabis industry will evolve to embrace more ecologically friendly cultivation practices to better serve patients, consumers, the environment and financial stakeholders,” said Jerry Kieran, Chief Business Development Officer at Fluence. “We’re excited to partner with MedMen as they help pave the way for North America’s commercial cannabis-cultivation industry.”

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