I've thought about what it might be like to have a big grow operation. But there seems to be one insurmountable obstacle: electricity. Even if you are paying for all the power you use, the power company will have a record of your house using 10X the power of every other house in the neighborhood.
One solution - using a generator, powered by gasoline, propane, or natural gas. Costs may be similar to or even higher than using the power company, but there would be no record of the power usage!
But, a while back I thought I read something somewhere that said not all generators put out a clean, smooth type of power needed for HID lights and ballasts. Something to the effect that waves or surges in the power produced by the generator could damage ballasts, at least the newer electronic ballasts.
Does anyone know anything about this?
This would have saved the Tennessee Pot Cave from getting busted, if they had spent a little more cash and brought in some big diesel generators, they would have not had the problems with the power company.