She has a strong background in LED grow lights, cannabis production and energy efficiency.
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“The growth potential for the medical marijuana and adult-use marijuana markets is significant and on pace for nearly $22 billion in sales by 2020,” said Sharp.
Valoya was founded in 2009 with the goal of creating best quality light spectra for plants, based on the rapidly growing LED technology. Since then, it has been supplying eight out of the 10 world’s largest agricultural companies with LED grow light solutions.
After having conducted more than 400 large-scale trials with LED lighting technology, the spectra that Valoya uses have been fine-tuned to the specific needs of various growth phases of plants. This includes Cannabis sativa, which Valoya has been researching for the past two years in order to create solid growth protocols for professional cannabis cultivation.
Additionally, these spectra deliver consistent results in all stages of cannabis cultivation: tissue culture, cloning, vegetative stage and flowering.
Valoya’s growth spectra are optimized for cultivars high in cannabidiol (CBD) or have optimal Tetrahydrocannabinol/cannabidiol (THC:CBD) ratios.
Valoya LED grow light fixtures range from tubes and bars that can be positioned close to the canopy to shoebox lights which can be placed very high above. This gives flexibility to growers to choose between the two approaches.
As well, some Valoya spectra produce compact plants while others produce elongated plants, giving producers options depending on the growth facility design.
All fixtures deliver high intensity light, which the cannabis plant requires, while consuming small amounts of energy, being resistant to dust and humidity, and having a long, practically maintenance-free lifetime of at least 50,000 hours.
Valoya’s approach to clients has always been consultative. Its biologists, who make up 20 per cent of Valoya’s staff, maintain a close contact with clients regarding the cultivation process and advise accordingly.
As Valoya grows its North American cannabis market presence, the number of trials it is conducting with Cannabis sativa is increasing so that buyers of Valoya LED grow lights will not only get LED fixtures but also the cannabis cultivation know-how and care and support from its team of biologists.