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California Efficient Yields: Lighting Best Practices for Efficient Controlled Environment Agriculture

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California |  Cannabis |  CEA |  Crop |  Cultivation Approach |  Greenhouse |  Indoor |  Region |  Topic Area |  Lighting
Casey Rivero |  Kasey Holland |  Kenda Branch
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Optimal performance of horticultural lighting systems boosts competitive advantage of your indoor cultivation facility. There are diverse strategies and many types of equipment you can use to accomplish your goals. The crops you grow - food, floriculture, or cannabis - influence your controlled environment agriculture (CEA) lighting system approaches. Understand the process application for your lighting and control systems to choose efficient lighting products, reduce energy use and operating costs for resilient indoor operations, and maximize incentives from your local utilities and efficiency programs.


Topical areas include:

  • How CEA Crops Use Light

  • Benefits of Using LED Lighting

  • Optimizing Lighting System Design

  • Maximizing Financial Incentives for CEA Lighting

  • LED Lighting Best Practices for Vertical Farming

  • Automating Indoor Cultivation with Lighting Controls

  • Commissioning Sole-Source Lighting Controls

  • Benchmarking Lighting System KPIs

  • Efficiency Program Examples


Target audience:

  • Cultivators

  • Operations & Facility Staff

  • Design & Construction Partners

  • Property Owners

  • Utility & Government Representatives


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Casey Rivero's Profile

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Solutions Architect


Casey Rivero is an all-around cannabis business professional who has created many efficient cultivation business models with well-established companies in multiple states. Spending more than 20 years in the cannabis community with various enterprises, Casey understands what drives businesses and how to design and build facilities as well as implement efficient operating procedures. He utilizes a commercial design approach when creating a custom solution for any need. Casey is an influential leader in the industry, working hands on to develop new methods and scientific understanding to ensure successful business planning.

 Casey maintains a high level of botanical and horticultural understanding. He has designed studies for many leading product manufacturers including lighting, nutrients, soil, software, and HVAC equipment. Casey also lives to educate. Throughout the year you can find him teaching various workshops or giving presentations at conferences around the world.

Kasey Holland's Profile

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Technical Manager

Design Lights Consortium

As Technical Manager for the DLC’s Horticultural Lighting Program, Kasey Holland leads all strategic planning, direction and development of the DLC’s Horticultural Lighting Technical Requirements. After studying and working as a graduate student research assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) Lighting Research Center, Kasey’s desire to work for a mission-driven organization and interest in product development led him to join the DLC where he informs quality of light topics for the DLC’s Solid-State Lighting Program focusing primarily on spectral quality considerations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a Master’s in Lighting at RPI and is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ ES-310 Ag Lighting Group and the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Horticulture Lighting and Color committees.

Kenda Branch's Profile

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Sr Design Engineer

Hawthorne Gardening

Kenda Branch is a Sr. Design Engineer at Hawthorne Gardening Company, where they work with the Design Team in the Professional Technical Services department and provide cultivation designs and sales/customer support for horticultural facilities.


Kenda has been with Hawthorne for three years but has been in the lighting industry for over ten years; they got their start working for ETL as a lighting engineer. While at ETL, they tested nearly every type of lighting product out there, which included safety, photometric, and photobiological testing according to various standards, and they also assisted customers with certifications for Energy Star, DLC and Dark Sky recognition. Since joining Hawthorne, Kenda has created thousands of designs for hundreds of growers all over North America and has expanded into hardware, airflow, and irrigation/fertigation designs.


When not on the job, Kenda enjoys hiking, powerlifting, and karaoke.


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