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[Press Release] California Lightworks Urges Growers to Take Advantage of Utility Rebates and Transition to High Efficiency LEDs



Sep. 13, 2022

Jonathan Lockwood


California Lightworks Urges Growers to Take Advantage of Utility Rebates and Transition to High Efficiency LEDs

Blackouts and Energy Grid Strain at Critical Point

CANOGA PARK, Calif.—California’s power grid is experiencing record-high demand levels, straining the grid to the brink of blackouts. Extreme heat is driving demands, which last week were projected to peak at 51,243 megawatts. Some cities did in fact experience deliberately ordered blackouts, despite the state’s energy manager not ordering them to be conducted. 


“Many large cannabis grow operations in California are still using inefficient, outdated High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps,” said George Mekhtarian, CEO of California Lightworks.  “Switching these operations to high efficiency LEDs is a low-hanging-fruit solution that can significantly help reduce the strain on our energy grid while improving the bottom line for the growers.  Utility rebate programs are available to offset part or all of the up-front cost of switching to LEDs.  We urge growers to take advantage of these programs while they last.”



Advanced high efficiency LED grow lighting systems such as the California Lightworks MegaDrive® are designed to reduce power consumption by 40% or more compared the HID lights. They can be used both as indoor sole source or greenhouse supplemental lights.  The most reliable LED solution on the market, the patented MegaDrive system also offers the lowest total installed cost and other benefits such as centralized dimming and spectrum control.   



“There are many utility rebate programs available to growers in California,” said Dylan Collins, CEO of Green Rebates.  “Most recently the state authorized the Market Access Program, a $150 million program to incentivize peak energy savings during the summers of 2022 and 2023. We are here to help growers take advantage of these programs and transition to high efficiency lights at little or no total cost.”



“Growers in California should act quickly to take advantage of these programs before the money runs out,” said Mekhtarian. “We want to make sure that businesses understand that these funds can be used to upgrade their outdated HPS lights, to advanced LED lighting systems like our MegaDrive® for little or no cost.”





About California Lightworks

Since 2008 California Lightworks has been a pioneer in advanced technology LED lighting for horticulture. All products are designed, manufactured and supported in our Southern California factory and we stand behind every product we have ever made. From small-scale home grow to large-scale indoor and greenhouse applications, we offer optimal lighting solutions. California Lightworks has reduced carbon emissions by 465,813 metric tons. 


About Green Rebates

Green Rebates specializes in rebates and incentives for companies in the horticulture industry.  Green Rebates helps commercial indoor and greenhouse growers get paid for implementing efficient grow equipment and lighting. Customers have received millions of dollars in cash for everything from LED grow lights, HVAC, to Dehumidifiers and more.


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