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Interest in geothermal
energy heating up

A greenhouse project has been selected as one of 15 innovative clean energy projects in British Columbia to receive funding from the province’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund. The project is headed by UBC’s Centre for Environmental Research in Minerals, Metals and Materials (CERM3).
Alternative energy projects, niche products and improved water management strategies are among recent trends within the Ontario vegetable greenhouse sector.
Carroll Farms of southwestern Ontario has found that multi-fuel boilers offer flexibility in tapping low-cost sources


Conference speakers pointed to a variety of technologies available, or being developed, to deal with the energy crunch. The innovations can’t come soon enough for most growers. “A lot of us here use oil, and we are directly exposed to the rise in fuel prices,” said one delegate. “We feel it very severely.”

British Columbia is leading the way, increasing production and research initiatives over the next few years.

An organic grower and a mixed flower and veg operation among the latest converts. “If this works out, we should be able to grow plants year-round.”

Despite high initial capital costs, biomass systems are proving they can save money over time.
Feeling the chill? Try warming up to the 3Rs.  The more that greenhouse growers investigate high-intensity lighting, the more attractive ‘cogen’ becomes.
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