Great Northern project draws Premier’s praise
By Dave Harrison
22, 2010, Kingsville, Ont. – The massive cogen project at Great
Northern Hydroponics has attracted provincial recognition.
July 22, 2010, Kingsville, Ont. – The massive cogen project at Great Northern Hydroponics has attracted provincial recognition.
|Kimberly Kroslak of Great Northern Hydroponics accepts the award on
behalf of the company. Making the presentation is local MPP Bruce
The company's natural gas-fired heat and power generator is efficient, saves money and
is environmentally responsible. It generates enough energy to sell 12
megawatts into the grid. In addition to electricity production, hot water and
carbon dioxide from the co-generation facility is used by the company for
heating and fertilizing crops in its 50-acre hydroponics greenhouse.
The project earned Great Northern a regional Premier’s Award
for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. The five-year, $2.5-million program –
announced as part of the 2006 provincial budget – recognizes that farmers have
always been innovative in the running of their businesses and will foster even
greater innovation across the province’s agri-food sector.
There will be up to 55 regional award winners annually, with a
cash prize of $5,000 each.
“Ontario’s agri-food industry continues to evolve, adapting to
a range of new realities and increased global competition,” said Premier Dalton
McGuinty. “It is thanks to the spirit of innovation that prevails among the
members of this dynamic sector that these 21st-century challenges are being
effectively addressed – and turned into winning ideas.”