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B.C. grower eyes major energy savings with LEDs


March 12, 2013
By Dave Harrison

March 12, 2013, Chilliwack, B.C. — Rainbow Greenhouses, Inc., a leading
wholesale grower and distributor of potted plants, has installed
energy-efficient LED luminaires, anticipating it will reduce
lighting-related energy consumption by 60 per cent and achieve ROI
within two years.

March 12, 2013, Chilliwack, B.C. — Rainbow Greenhouses, Inc., a leading wholesale grower and distributor of potted plants, has installed energy-efficient LED luminaires, anticipating it will reduce lighting-related energy consumption by 60 per cent and achieve ROI within two years.

The high costs of operating conventional high intensity discharge (HID) lighting prompted the Rainbow team to assess new lighting solutions.

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Rainbow management selected LumiGrow LED luminaires that emit only those portions of the light spectrum that trigger healthy plant responses.
 
LumiGrow says that worldwide, its customers annually save an estimated 7.5 thousand megawatt hours, prevent the emission of more than 10 million tons of carbon dioxide, and return millions of dollars to their bottom lines.

“It’s inevitable,” said Rainbow head grower Rob O’Hara. “The industry is moving to LED lighting, and we want to be ahead of the pack.”

O’Hara says Rainbow always considers “plant performance and payback” when it invests in new technology.

Rainbow Greenhouses has a track record for implementing technologies and practices that improve the environmental and financial performance of its facilities.

For example, Rainbow reduces costs and conserves natural resources with a waste wood-to-biofuel heating system and an irrigation and fertilizer capture system.

The Rainbow operation currently spans three locations and 36 acres. Expansion plans are underway.

ABOUT RAINBOW GREENHOUSES

Stan Vander Waal, along with his wife Wilma, started Rainbow Greenhouses in 1985. In the 28 years since then, Rainbow has become one of North America’s leading wholesale growers and distributors of potted plants.

Today, Rainbow employs 110 full-time employees in its three locations that total some 1.1 million square feet.

Rainbow serves British Columbia, Alberta, and the northwestern United States through its regular presence at the United Flower Grower auction and relationships with several big box retailers and garden centres.

ABOUT LUMIGROW INC.


LumiGrow, Inc., a leader in horticultural lighting, helps commercial growers and agribusinesses reduce energy costs, achieve operational efficiencies and improve crop yield.

LumiGrow offers a range of third-party proven solutions for use in greenhouses, controlled environment agriculture and scientific research chambers.

The company has more than one thousand installations. Included are three of the top five global agribusinesses, leading produce and flower growers, algae producers, Top 100 garden centres, more than 200 universities, and the USDA.


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