M Bar C Construction & M Bar C Electric completes the first site-specific solar project in the cannabis industry.
As the first permitted cannabis cultivator operating in California, Canndescent has always been an industry leader and pioneer. This month Canndescent took another huge leap ahead of its industry comrades by commissioning the first site-specific solar project in the cannabis industry in the United States.
M Bar C Construction and M Bar C Electric are honored to have partnered with Palomar Solar in producing the 282.6-kilowatt solar structure system for the historic 11,000 square foot facility. Our M Bar C Teams are proud to have played a role in creating this industry revolutionizing solar energy system. Although the project wasn’t without its challenges; Blake Brown, M Bar C Electric Project Manager shared “Due to the nature of the facility, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the indoor climate required for the plants, we had to ensure that while installing the system, the facility wouldn’t lose power for more than an hour at a time. This required strategic and intentional planning for how we could best effectively install the structures as well as the electric components.” Despite these challenges, the project took only 6 weeks to complete.
Canndescent has always held great respect for their company’s environmental responsibility and with the awareness of the energy required to power their indoor production facility in Desert Springs, CA they proactively sought out energy solutions. This solar structure system was customized to fit exactly Canndescent needs. The seven different solar carport structures encompass the facility, providing shade for the outer walls with the intention of reducing the exposure from the desert sun, lowering cooling and indoor climate costs. With the understanding of desert winds, the structures were created to withstand 130 mph winds and were also specifically created at an elevated height that can easily accommodate fire response vehicles. These customized solar structures hold collectively 734 solar modules that together will offset as much carbon a year as a 430-acre forest.