CannaCon Denver plus a Rocket Plasma Party at Diebolt Brewing!

CannaCon Denver June 11-13, 2015 with Rocket PlasmaSummer is here – and Rocket Plasma is more than ready! We kick things off with a visit in Denver, CO…the original hometown of Rocket! Rocket Plasma will be on display at CannaCon Denver from June 11-13 2015. Questions, well – now is the time to bring them forth. Care to see some exemplary grows? Come on by the booth. What do some of our customers produce? Like to discuss the stand alone or hybrid options of plasma? Want to pick our brains on your current or future layout? Rocket Plasma Master growers and engineers are ready to assist. The CannaCon event is a three day must for any current or future canna-business owners and growers. Hobbyist? Well, you are more than welcome; and, we are happy to assist.

Don’t skip the seminar schedule either. The three days of CannaCon are packed with information. Plus, Tanya, one of Rocket Plasma’s own in-house plasmanauts, will be available with a full panel of her peers on Friday June 12 from noon to 1 discussing all of your grow room technologies. Q&A sessions are excellent sources for creative problem solving and we hope to see you there.

Once you have completed your studies, come speak to one of our reps about the Rocket Plasma – Grow The Kill and Kill the Bill happy hour at Diebolt Brewing Company (an award winning Denver brewery) on Friday June 12th. Join us and the THC girls for a more relaxed Q&A session (did we mention the THC girls?). It’s a great way to unwind after a busy day at CannaCon! And again, who would pass up having a beer with Rocket Plasma and the THC girls?

What: CannaCon Denver 
When: June 11-13 from 10am to 5pm daily
Where: Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, CO

 

 

How Rocket Plasma’s green technology really adds up

In this article, we figure out exactly how to calculate those energy savings – and determine what that means for your pocket book. Yes, things start to add up quickly with Rocket Plasma lights!

Rocket Plasma costs a fraction to run compared to 600W or 1000W systems

For the purpose of discussion, we are simply going to use the national average of $.12 (kilowatt hour) kWh. Remember, however, that this number is just that…an average. It helps to determine the rough cost of your grow but you should do the calculations below using your true energy cost. But also pay attention to your utility bill – because your cost per hour might climb substantially based on your total energy consumption. In many locales, the kWh rate increases dramatically as you increase consumption over a pre-determined baseline. This means – if you exceed a set amount of power use, your cost per kWh starts to increase as well. This might happen at several set intervals, as your price continues to increase. Add fuel to the fire, some zones then add an additional tax, above and beyond your energy bill, to accounts which consume high kWh of power.

The Calculations
So, let’s begin! The goal is to determine how much a room of lights will cost to run. We will describe the process and then show the equation for exemplary purposes. Further into the blog, you can find some real world scenarios as well.

1) Let’s start with the basic calculation for determining how much power this room consumes (in lighting alone) per day. To determine, first figure out your total wattage by multiplying your wattage per light times the amount of lights used.

Total Number Lights Used * Wattage per Light = Total Wattage

Next, multiply this wattage by the number of hours used per day. And, for simplicity, convert this total wattage to kilowatts by dividing this last total by 1000. 

(Total Wattage * Hours used per day)/1000 = Daily Kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumption

2) Multiply this daily usage by the days in your growth cycle to determine how much energy you use per grow. [Or, feel free to adjust this number to help analyze energy use per year vs per month etc.]

Daily kWh * Number of Days = Total Energy Used per Determined Days (Set Cycle)

3) Once you have the total kWh used per time period, multiply this number by your utility rate in order to calculate your total cost. And not to forget, 1 kilowatt (kW) = 1000 Watts (W)

Total Energy Used per Cycle * Utility Rate per kWh = Total Cycle Cost

The Example: 

One 230W Rocket Plasma is used on average for 14 hours a day, 365 days a year at $.12 kWh base energy cost (national average). 

1) Determine your kWh per day:
(230W *14h)/1000 = 3.22 kwh per day

2) Determine your kWh per year:
3.22 kWh/d *365 d = 1175.3 kWh

3) Determine your cost per year:
1175.3 kWh * .12 $/kWh = $141.04 per year, per Rocket Plasma

Again, this does not include the additional HVAC savings enjoyed. But, it’s a great baseline. So how does this compare to a 1000W HID?

1) Determine your kWh per day:
(1000W *14h)/1000 = 14 kwh per day

2) Determine your kWh per year:
14 kWh/d *365 d = 5,110 kWh

3) Determine your cost per year:
5,110 kWh * .12 $/kWh = $613.2 per year, per 1000W

Again, don’t forget to tack on additional cost for cooling the 1000W system as they can generate near 3400BTUs of heat vs the approximately 700BTUs of the Rocket Plasma.

But from the basic first glimpse, the 230W Rocket Plasma saves nearly $500 over the 1000W system in basic energy costs using the national average.
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OK, so that’s a good baseline – but what about in a larger installation? What does something that has actually been applied by others look like? Let’s go back to the example of replacing 20 1000W lights in a grow with 30 230W Rocket Plasmas on a grid system. Why this number? Because essentially the current Rocket Plasma is a one to one replacement for a 600W system. For 1000W systems, we recommend tightening up your spacing – in order to offer your plants solid coverage. A good rule of thumb: Three Rocket Plasma 230W lights over one 4′ x 8′ will replace 2 1000W HPS lights.  But hey, if you can reduce just by gridding? Why not?!

Back to the savings – here’s how the numbers work: 

We started with a total of 40 1000W lights. We went from 1000W to 230W on 20 units in the grow. That’s a difference of 770W per light.

(1000W – 230W) = 770W

We did this 20 times over so our total savings on 20 units is 15,400W

(770W)*20 = 15,400W

But we also added ten Rocket Plasmas to fill in the void. Ten units at 230W would be subtracted from the grand 15,400W of savings.

15,4000W – (10*230W) = 13,100W total savings

Now let’s calculate our use time.

I will use an average of 14 hours/day for a continuous 365 days. This means these lights are used for 5,100 hours per year. 

14 hrs/d*365d = 5,110 hrs

You can also put this into the above equation to quickly determine the total wattage saved over your period of time:

13,100W * 14 hrs/d * 365 d = 66,941,000 Wh 

Now, to make this a more reasonable number, we convert to kWh by dividing the total by 1000.

66,941,000/1000 = 66,941 kWh. 

66,941 kWh per year – a very large number. And this is what you save by simply replacing 20 1000W HIDs with 30 Rocket Plasma fixtures. 

How much does this green savings equate to in green dollars? 

Take your total usage and multiply by your local utility cost. Granted, you might have to adjust for different use tiers, taxes etc, but this will give you a baseline total. 

The national electricity cost average hits right around $.12 kWh

Therefore 66,941 kWh should by multiplied by $.12 for an average savings. 

66,941kWh *$.12/kWh  = $8,032.92 saved per year.

And that’s not including the additional HVAC reduction nor does it include the increased quality factor of your end product!

How about what happens when we look at higher energy cost zones? Say…. $.30 kWh?

66,941 * .30 = $20,082.30. Yes, twenty thousand dollars in base level savings. Add any additional tier costs or taxes and you are now saving upwards of $30,000 and more in a single year for the simple light replacement.  You more than pay for the investment of the fixtures with these savings – not bad for a quick change!

Next time, we can talk about amperage loads and how energy savings continue to add up…painting a really nice picture for the economics behind using Rocket Plasma lights!

How does the Rocket Plasma compare?

Most frequently asked question: What does the Rocket Plasma fixture replace? Basically, how does it compare? 600W, 4’x4′, 1000W, HPS, MH? Yes, a very good question….although not quite offering a straightforward answer. It takes a minute to explain why the Rocket is not quite an apples-to-apples direct comparison to an HID. And to more importantly explain – why?

The 230W Rocket Plasma outperforms the 600W HPS

A side by side comparison thanks to Worm’s Way showcases the performance of the 230W vs a 600W HPS.

At a basic level, the Rocket Plasma 230W fixture was designed comparable to a 600W HPS in a 4’x4′ tent enclosure. It hits the 4×4 footprint, offers excellent canopy penetration, energy savings, all while providing a fabulous spectrum (this is our realPAR horticultural bulb which offers a balance across the full spectrum and takes you from seed to flower without requiring a lamp change…more on that in a future discussion). With these benefits, the Rocket is a great plug-and-play solution for the home hobbyist or for light gardeners. However, that’s not all it can do. Yes, many of you have seen the Rocket in a much more expansive or professional environment. How does it do it? Well, thanks to low bulb IR plus low fixture heat and some creative installations – the Rocket Plasma also rocks it when compared to higher wattage HIDs on a professional level.

Option 1: We can discuss bulb IR vs fixture heat at a future date. But, essentially, thanks to the cool nature of the light, option one invites you to bring that Rocket Plasma right down onto your canopy. The sacrifice? Your footprint – albeit slightly, but it should be noted that to dose your plant with higher light intensity, you will have between a 3’x3’ or 3.5‘x3.5’ final footprint. Our best rule of thumb for such instances: install three Rocket Plasma lights over a 4’x8’ bed when replacing two 1000W fixtures. At 240V, you will consume less than 700W and under 3 amps. So, your energy savings hits close to 1300W. Plus, on average, the 230W Rocket Plasmas are achieving three times the weight per watt. Thus, bring those lights down onto the canopy and saturate the plants with a more balanced spectrum offering just enough IR and ample UV to help finish great while deterring pesky creatures with exoskeletons (again more on that in the future)!

Option 2: Let’s confuse the matter a little! Another commercial model requires raising the Rockets to a more standard operating height while installing them on a grid with either other HIDs or, simply, more Rocket Plasmas. Have an existing full system? Go for it! Alternate your lighting between an HPS and a Rocket Plasma. Here’s a real-world example: within a containment room there are forty (40) 1000W lights. If you replace 20 of said lights with thirty 230W Rocket Plasmas, you have just reduced your power consumption by 13,100W and about 100 amps while also offering more spectral support to your grow. Additionally, you have cut around 46,000 BTUs from your room and are supporting incredible production and quality (again, Rockets are averaging three times the weight per watt). Rocket Plasmas provide that UV, that IR, that enhanced realPAR spectrum – without stressing the plants. You increase your terpenes, spike your brix, and ultimately grow a better product. All while conserving over 13,000W of energy. Not bad! In terms of a dollar amount, for this example and using a national average of $.12 kWh, you save $8032.92/year in lighting costs alone. And, we must note, that’s not including the additional HVAC energy savings or wear and tear on HVAC equipment.

Option 3: Now let’s look at another creative installation method employing a one to one installation by replacing 600W HIDs. Forty 600W HPS lights exist in a room. Twenty are removed and replaced by twenty 230W Rocket Plasma fixtures. This means your room goes from consuming 24,000W to consuming 16,600W, a difference of 7400W. In dollars and cents, this savings adds up to $4537.68 per year. Additionally, you save around 36,000 BTUs as well. Does it work – yes! Here’s a sample picture which was kindly shared with us showcasing just this example. The customer reports better growth under the 230W Rocket Plasmas and plans to slowly replace more of the 600W fixtures.

Rocket Plasma fixtures on a grid with 600W lights

A real-world example of the Rocket Plasma integrated into an existing 600W grow.

How do we get to that result? Next up is a basic article on energy savings calculations. Use it to analyze your ROI. Stay tuned!

Where to Buy?

We receive this question quite often – where can we find a Rocket Plasma? We are proudly available through any BWGS storefront and have been adopted by some of the most progressive stores across the globe. Make sure to ask your preferred Growing Specialist about Rocket Plasma – have them give us a call and we are happy to help get one into your hands.

If all else fails? Feel free to purchase from our online storefront. Just click the link below: online storefront

Rocket Plasma Test Results

A great comparison between the Rocket Plasma, an HID and a Fluorescent system as presented by our friends at Seattle’s Hydro Spot. You can visit the display yourself if you are in the area – and do say hi to the crew! Otherwise, be sure to check in on the progress via their Facebook feed. Bottom line: the Rocket Plasma far outperformed all other options in fruit and flower production (and that means Dave will have ample salsa to go around). Within one month of being beneath the Rocket Plasma, hundreds of fruits emerged on the pepper plant, deep into the canopy, and the peppers grew larger and nicer than those few that emerged under the HID or the Fluorescent. The vegetation remained strong and lively while the plant literally exploded in production. Enjoy the video, and send over your questions and comments.

San Fran Indoor Garden Expo 2013

Rocket Plasma in Detroit

It seems like only yesterday when we gathered at the BWGS booth for the Detroit Indoor Gardening Expo. And now it’s time to enjoy the West Coast! Since our time in Michigan, the Rocket Plasma team has traveled throughout the NW, into CO, around CA and we are headed to one of the greatest cities in the world.

In just a few weeks, we will all convene in the vibrant city of San Francisco for a weekend of product education, outreach and of course a whole lot of fun. We will be there to answer your questions, explain the Rocket Plasma technology and provide you with growing insights. In preparation for the big weekend (July 27-28), we are offering a special on our demo units. If you are considering carrying the Rocket Plasma, now’s a great time to gear up – let us know and we will explain the details.

Rocket Plasma in Detroit

The Rocket Plasma debut with BWGS at the 2013 Detroit Indoor Gardening Expo

Rock’n it in Denver

Rocket Plasma debuts in Denver

What a debut! Thank you all for visiting us in Denver for the unveiling of our latest red plasma light. What a show, what a weekend, and what great skiing! Michigan is just around the corner – and we are more than excited to visit. We shall keep everyone posted on the booth number. Also, a great thanks to Maximum Yield for a fun and flawless event.

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Rocket Plasma debuts at the Denver Indoor Gardening Expo