"Right now, we're getting a lot of questions about our electricity bill. As a company, we consume a lot of electricity, but in relation to the salad we produce, the amount of electricity per kilogram of the crop is still very low in comparison with the rest of the industry," the Ljusgårda team shared.
The team explained that when comparing indoor cultivation with open-grown lettuce, you have to look at the energy consumption of the entire chain on the salad's journey from a field in southern Europe here to Sweden. "In that perspective, we also use less electricity per kilogram of the crop. From a climate perspective, lettuce is one of the worst products to import as the salad is shipped by refrigerated transport and few kilos of salad per truck."
Ever since the origin of the farm, the company has been running its facility with 100% green electricity since the start, combined with modern, energy-efficient LED technology. On top of that, the farm is also using the heat generated by the lamps to heat its plant.
"In total, electricity accounts for less than 10% of our cost base and streamlining and reducing our electricity consumption is an ongoing project."