So I ran through a proposition where we were trying to figure out how to grow as safely and profitable as possible. This is the concept I came up with and it seems ideal! I didn't include too many stats on what exact modules I would include for growing the plants but you can use your imagination and preferences..... The concept is an underground bomb-shelter being created for the purpose of growing... As you could imagine having a secrete basement would be fucking sweet, so I just based this situation off of that. I believe that the price cap on this would be whatever you want but I based it about a 1,000,000 investment. And NO I did not draw ANY influence from that piece of shit movie "pineapple express"!!!! The idea of an underground grow area has been around far longer then that movie. Bunker growhouse stats: Lighting options: http://parans.com/ Using fiber optic lights one could harvest natural sunlight from the surface and run the cables down (adjacent to the shaft) down to the whole grow room. During daylight the whole lighting system is SUNLIGHT which is the best light spectrum for growing and completely FREE!!! Alternatively you could use LED growing lights in tandem with the fiber optic for a completely solid lighting set up. There wouldn't be any real drawbacks (once they develop multiwavelength LEDs), but a ton of advantages. For example, LEDs use little energy, don't get hot, and have a lifetime of 50,000+ hours!!! That means that you don't have a large energy consumption, even when dealing with LARGE crops, and do that without giving a thermal footprint. http://www.optotech.com/multi_wavelength_LED.htm (Note: this is hypothetical; for, in reality LED lights are not yet at the capability for efficiently growing good yields and aren't worth the cost. However we'll assume that LED technology has advanced a little.) With current technology you could still run HIDs instead of LED and supplement your energy consumption with as much solar as you possibly could! In fact, I would use solar shingles on the house above and let that generate enough electricity for the entire setup!!! Energy: Solar options: http://www.oksolar.com/roof/ If you harvested sunlight all day and used the bulk of your energy consumption around the sun you would have an energy bill of 0 and absolutely nothing to indicate anything suspicious.. Wind options: http://www.skystreamenergy.com/ http://www.helixwind.com Using wind energy allows access to electricity after the sun goes down and it is realistic to mount the windmill somewhere in the back yard. This option could provide far more energy then the bunker might require depending on the location and how much wind you receive there. Using both these options together is the ultimate because then you are completely self sufficient as far as energy is concerned!! Location: Basically you could have it so that the house above and the bunker are housing for people so that you can trade off the "workload" every so often. A.) Suburbia How to do it: Look at new housing development areas and after the lots have been assigned and contract someone to come and build a "bomb shelter" at a distance underground as to not interfere with the installation of any waterlines or electric lines. The shelter would be as big as financially feasible and plotted so the entrance tunnel will be in the back yard according to the predetermined lots. As the shelter is being built you can include the fiber optic option claiming that in nuclear fallout you will need SUNLIGHT if you can't get outside, and wiring the bunker with any amenities of home is not only entirely normal but it is expected so that you could make sure it is optimal for sustaining plant and human life. The result is the house being built on top of the bunker and the purchase of that house before it goes on market and nobody knowing the better. Advantages: You would be "hiding in plain sight" which is pretty cool. You would also be located within an area where you can get out and get whatever you may need? Connecting the bunker and house up to someone elses wifi via a satellite dish modification insures that you will always be plugged in; in theory, you could just run an ethernet cable through the shaft down to the bunker from the dish and, from underground, be guaranteed access to any unsecured (or secure if you just wanna crack the WEP) network within a several mile radius! Basically, you could constantly run your phone (VoIP) and internet.... you're entire communication through someone elses network! The digital security is pretty solid and undetectable so you could torrent and game away constantly without drawing any suspicion with your network searches or anything that could lead back to you! Disadvantages: The house is still surrounded by other houses so I guess the major disadvantage is privacy? I'm not a big fan of suburbia so I would list just being in some neighborhood as a disadvantage. B.) Mountain/Rural area: How to do it: Buy some land and have a contractor build the bunker below ground just enough. Hire another contractor to build a house of your choosing on the land wherever you want. You can even have the contractors keeping the whole thing up to "off the grid" specifications in mind. The result would be your house with a bunker underneath and if you were smart you would find a way to keep the contracting "private" so nothing would be on record confirming the existence of the bunker. Advantages: The location can be however far from society and the city as you want (but there are always going to be things you need with a grow room). You could have enough land to grow many different crops during season. Being so far from touch insures that no law enforcement is going to mess with you. Also, the privacy is unbeatable, if you were to live in the house/bunker with several close individuals there would be little reason for any suspicion as to what you are doing. Disadvantages: There may be some serious complications when trying to get internet for your house/bunker, which I would consider extremely important. Because you're in a rural setting the only major issue is that if you would getting an account with an ISP and having that address on file could be a security risk. Connecting to someone elses network isn't really an option here. May end up to be more expensive depending on where you were to have it all Personally, I would wire up the bunker with all kinds of gaming tech and entertainment modules, so that you could live down there for awhile (still going outside of course)and just tend to the plants whenever needed. Design: When designing the bunker you can think along the lines of a ranch-style dwelling designed to have rooms and enough space for the grow area. You can use your imagination and think of how you would do it, but I would just hook it up with some HDTVs in separate rooms from the main grow room, with PC/(every console)entertainment system. Personally, if I were dealing with an operation like this I would trip the rooms out and have couches and lovesacs with wall scrolls as to create a more 'homely' underground setting but keeping in mind that the most space should be dedicated to the plants! To make the space habitable you have to add a refrigerator and kitchen amenities for food preparation along with a bathroom and plumbing. You could use whatever grow method you prefer but I would use an automated hydroponic system and idiot-proof lighting so that the basic plant needs would manage with minimal effort. All you would have to concern yourself with is the detailed elements of care taking the plants. Using dirt would require movement of soil in and out of the room and could become a pain. Using hydroponic systems ensures that the plants water supply is next to effortless in addition to being known to grow at an accelerated rate. The fact that the bunker would be designed and installed as a "bomb shelter" it should be wired for everything you need to live so using this area to live and grow would be ideal since there is need for constant monitering. I figure the whole bunker, equipment, and house combo could be done for under a million dollars. I'm not too sure on all the specifications for growing that many plants but I figure if you did this then your "job" would be to grow and you could use your free time to be creative and do whatever you like. Therefore, an investment of a cool mil into a project like this could pay for itself within 3 years and then you would be basically be growing money. I would estimate that you could grow a shitton of dank with a setup like this..... I'm not sure what the lb/month overall yeild would be.... but I can say that it would be enough to pay for itself pretty quick. What do you think? Anything I didn't think of or should have not thought of lol?