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Organic veggies, soil amendments, algae, electricity, CO2 and heat are all being created at Algae Aqua-Culture Technology’s self-sustaining and renewable ‘Stoltze Green Power House’ in Montana.

Greenhouse growers have long eyed biomass as a cost-effective “green” alternative to natural gas.
Energy Edge has obtained energy management details on the 134 greenhouses of the largest solar-roofed greenhouse project on the planet ('Su Scioffu' in Italy). Where the solar panels are not installed, the greenhouses feature polycarbonate roof material, which allows a large amount of light to come in.

The largest solar-roofed greenhouse project on the planet is now complete in Italy. The first crop is expected in October 2012. The 134 greenhouses are located on 66 acres near Cagliari in the region of Sardinia.

Solar panels alone will power a new greenhouse at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia.

Running of the sprinkler pump, cooling of a building and the greenhouse fans at The Mustard Seed near Chaska, Minnesota are all being powered by the wind. Owner Mark Halla took advantage of federal grants to install the power generation system and expects payback in five years.

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced this week that her ministry will initiate an in-depth scientific study into possible adverse effects of living near wind power projects.

Three years ago, the Syndicat des producteurs en serre du Quebec (the province's greenhouse growers' union) chose Les Serres Verrier in Saint-Joachim-de-Courval to install a new biomass heating system, as part of the Vitrine biomasse project (Biomass Showcase).

Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, North Carolina has received funding from Chevrolet to convert its heating system to wood chip boilers from natural gas. It’s one of 16 carbon reduction projects across America – from biomass to wind turbines – Chevy is funding with $40 million.

On Friday June 22nd, the Harper Government announced that it is investing in a pioneering project that could provide an alternative way to generate on-farm energy and reduce costs.

Tours of a greenhouse in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania that uses and purifies domestic wastewater will again be offered during its third annual Open House on Saturday, June 9th.

More and more schools are building greenhouses to be used as learning environments and to showcase efficiency and renewable energy options.

Biofuels have yet to make a big splash as a significant contributor to the fuel supply for production here in Canada or in the United States. Part of the issue was a lack of investment capital.

A new type of photovoltaic module being tested in Spain allows electricity to be generated without greenhouse crops being affected by over-shading.

This is one of 42 videos produced by Michigan State University’s Dr. Erik Runkle, interviewing greenhouse growers in the U.S. and Holland on their sustainable practices. Read the new feature story on these videos and other resources here.

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