Building a commercial grow room is no joke, especially when it comes to setting up the electricity.
Not only do you need to consider where the lights are going to go, but there are also the fans, irrigation, and so much more that require power.
One of the most important things to remember when getting your grow room started is always to have a licensed electrician set up your power lines.
This ensures you have enough power to prevent breakers from tripping and starting a fire.
Be sure to keep reading to learn how much grow room electricians and their installation services cost.
How Much Does a Grow Room Electrical Setup Cost?
The size of your operation will directly impact the cost to set it up, and and eventually the operating cost to run your grow room.
One main component to a successful grow room are lights, which can cost as much as $120,000, (in this example the warehouse is 7,700 sq ft). That just covers the cost for materials.
Next, you’ll need to hire a commercial grow room electrician which can cost between $50 and $150/hr depending on the electrician, complexity of work, and in some cases travel (if in a more remote location).
Now, you may be thinking about a possible work around to set up your lights, so you want to DIY.
Our advice: don’t ever DIY any electrical work.
In 2015 there were 28,000 fires caused by faulty electricity.
Unfortunately, the Spartan Electrical team has already re-worked poor electrical set ups at grow rooms in the OKC areas that are already experiencing electrical issues, or experienced on site fires due to poor electrical set up.
It’s Never Too Late to Have an Electrician Help
Of course, prevention is better than maintenance.
However, if you’ve already set up your grow room, you should still have a licensed OKC electrician inspect your setup.
They are the ones who are certified and trained to make sure everything is set up properly so you, your staff and your property remain safe.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can do everything yourself or find someone who says they can help you with the set up but are not licensed. When in doubt – hire a professional.
Other Expenses to Consider in Your Grow Room Setup
Building and launching any business takes focus, determination, and capital; there are no exceptions when it comes to building a cannabis cultivation business.
However, building a cannabis business has a few extra layers to keep in mind that are more unique attributes to this industry such as:
- Warehouse rent
- Build out, improvements
- Growing equipment
- Lighting system
- Alarm & Security System
- Licensing & legal fees
- Direct costs (first months before profit)
- Administrative expenses
- Other expenses, incl. salaries
This is a short list of what it takes to set up a cannabis cultivation business.
There are other expenses to consider when starting, not to mention maintaining over time.
How to Find the Right Grow Room Electricians
When investing in your business, it’s important to understand how to find the right grow room electricians.
It would be best if you had reliable electricians who are certified professionals and able to get the job done to code.
Here’s how to find the right grow room electricians.
Check Their Certifications and Licenses
All electricians need to be certified and have a license.
This is your guarantee that your contractor has the knowledge and practice to perform the job that’s needed correctly.
Far to often, business owners are looking to save a few dollars will partner with someone that either claims to be an electrician or has worked on these types of projects in the past.
As tempting as it may be to save a few dollars (especially when you’re just starting out and money is flying out the door), it’s a decision that can have devastating effects.
If your electrical system is not set up properly you risk fire, and unfortunately we have seen it happen and we’ve been asked to rebuild after the fire.
A costly mistake that was avoidable from the start.
The moral of the story is, don’t be afraid to ask to see their license and check to make sure it’s up to date.
If you’re ever uncertain about their license, and you’re in Oklahoma, you can check them out online here.
They Have Experience
Just because an electrician has a license doesn’t mean they have the experience you need to get the job done.
Especially when it comes to your grow room, you need an electrician who understands what you do.
Of course, it’s detrimental for any company to have an electrical fire, but it’s much more devastating for grow rooms.
Make sure to ask them about similar jobs they’ve done and how they’re going to guarantee their work with you.
Are They a Team or One-Person Shop?
Understanding how many people will be working on the grow room installation will help you understand the cost; if they have a whole team behind them, you can trust that the works are going to get done right and quickly.
However, if you have just one person working on the job, expect the cost to be a bit lower while taking a lot longer to complete.
Referrals and Recommendations
Typically if you’re at a point in your life where you’re building a grow room, you may know other people who also have built commercial grows.
Ask them who did their electrical work.
Even if you’re not local to them, they can give you an idea of what to look out for.
You can also ask the electrician you’re working with for their client testimonials.
If they don’t have any client referrals or recommendations, that’s typically a sign you’ll need to dig deeper to learn more about the company before you sign on the dotted line.
Look at Their Demeanor
Once you find electricians who meet your basic qualifications and requirements, see how you feel around them, are they accommodating or demanding?
Do they listen to your wants and needs, or are they planning on going in and railroading over you?
While they’re the expert, you’re the one who has to live with the work.
If you’re not happy with how the electrician is treating you, they may not be the right fit.
Contact Spartan Electrical Services
If you’re looking for OKC electrical contractors with the best grow room electricians, contact Spartan Electrical Services today.
We’ve been helping businesses with their commercial grow room installation and helped fix or correct hazardous electrical work done one established grow rooms.
We’re sure you’re going to appreciate our discreet and professional crew, as well as our top-notch service.
Are you looking for a licensed and experienced commercial electrical company in the Greater Oklahoma City area? Contact the experts with over 20 years of experience, at Spartan Electrical Services. Request an estimate for service online today! Or Call (405) 833-5030!