I want to grow vegetables in my basement year round. I live in zone 3b, in a rural area and I'd like to start selling produce as well as providing food for my family as well.
Ideally, I'd like to build a DIY LED setup, with affordable 100watt LEDs from amazon, boosters, or maybe just opt to buy the rig if the price is right. However, I noticed that the boosters draw 3amps each. That means I can only hook up 5 100 watt LEDs per breaker, and I want to grow much more than that.
1 kwh is 10.9¢, so at 16 hours a day, 10 of these would cost $1.75 per day, on two breakers. The first year I'd be paying over $600 for electricity alone.
I would like to augment this with solar panels and batteries to reduce cost over time. Is there a cost effective solution to mass growing in a basement with high powered LEDs?