The Journey to Energy Excellence program, brought to you by 360 Energy Inc., has been developed to improve the energy performance of existing greenhouse growers. The program integrates current management techniques, operating equipment and affiliated services and providers to find ways to improve energy performance by 10 to 25%.
High energy costs make conservation and efficient use of facilities an important part of today's greenhouse operation. New greenhouse designs, better glazing, improved heating and ventilating equipment and new management systems should be included when upgrading or adding on.
The folks at Michigan State University (Extension Service) have created a website and resources to help growers improve their energy efficiency and increase margins.
Incentive programming is typically made available by federal or provincial governments, utilities or associations, either for retrofit or in some circumstances, new construction of premises.
Feb. 28, 2011, Portneuf, Que. – The federal government is investing in an innovative technology for greenhouses that will help growers improve efficiency while reducing operational costs. Le français suit
Dec. 16, 2011 — On Dec. 5, an Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) commentary highlighted the review of the FIT and microFIT programs – the future price levels and contract terms.
July 22, 2010, Kingsville, Ont. – The massive cogen project at Great Northern Hydroponics has attracted provincial recognition.
June 25, 2010, Lacombe, Alta. – An Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada investment announced yesterday will introduce new technology in greenhouse construction that will help growers remain competitive in the market by maximizing energy efficiency and reducing the need for chemical pesticides. (Le français suit)
Feb. 9, 2010 — Despite the recession, the Dutch government is dedicating 900 million euros ($1.3 billion Cdn) to innovation in the agricultural and horticultural sectors.
Apply pricing strategies and set targets for multiple commodity types to maximize your flexibility
April 4, 2011, Salinas, CA — Rocket Farms’ recent implementation of additional energy saving measures throughout its greenhouse facilities is estimated to save 305,256 therms per year – equal to removing 249 cars from the road or powering 616 homes for a year. The company’s greening measures include the following:
Nov. 2, 2011 — Those growers who think that investments in sustainability techniques and technologies are merely a drain on the bottom line should make time to view a new series of video podcasts.
Jan. 24, 2012, West Lafayette, IN — Greenhouse bedding plant growers can save themselves time, money or possibly both by giving cuttings in propagation more light, according to a Purdue University study.
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