George Austin Editor
Wednesday Aug 14, 2019 at 3:01 AM
SOMERSET — Edward Dow, the chief executive officer of Solar Therapeutics, said that with the approval of final licensure by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission that was made last Thursday, the marijuana dispensary on Brayton Point Road will definitely be open by the end of this month.
Dow said the dispensary will start with sales of recreational marijuana. He said medicinal marijuana will be sold in the future after cultivation is fully up and going at the facility.
After the dispensary has opened, Dow said there will be a ceremonial ribbon cutting, probably just after Labor Day. He said town officials, as well as representatives of National Grid and Liberty Utilities will be invited to the ribbon cutting. As far as he knows, Dow said Solar Therapeutics will be the first marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts to get certain efficiency rebates from the utilities.
Solar Therapeutics was recently featured in the New England Real Estate Journal that wrote that “Somerset will soon be home to one of the region’s most advanced cannabis cultivation facilities, featuring not only advanced procedures to grow the best products but also energy efficient designs and systems that will ensure the smallest environmental impact possible.” According to the article, solar power will provide up to half of the building’s energy. The roof has 67,000 square feet of solar panels and there is another four acres of solar panels on site. The rest of the power will be provided with two natural gas generators. There is a diesel generator for backup power. According to the Journal, by owning its power generation and microgrid assets, consisting of the combination of solar arrays, battery storage and cogeneration units, Solar Therapeutics will be able to achieve a much higher offset of