GrowGreen Power integrates hydroponic greenhouse growing systems and renewable energy; combined solar thermal and biomass plants providing electricity and produce. The integration of systems provides full use of all waste heat from the power plant to heat and cool the greenhouse, one of the first in the world to make this claim.
GrowGreen Power centers provide communities with fresh food and renewable energy by combining a hydroponic greenhouse with a solar thermal / biomass power plant. Each project brings the community more than 300 permanent new jobs, while also boosting local economies in the areas of manufacturing, transportation, wholesale, retail and food service.
The hydroponic greenhouse is a completely controlled growing environment capable of producing up to 30 times more high valued, fresh produce than traditional farming. Initially, GrowGreen Power centers will produce tomatoes on the vine. Then in subsequent phases a wide variety of cumbers, colored peppers and varieties of fine lettuce & herbs. U.S. annual per capita use of tomatoes and tomato products has increased nearly 30 percent over the past 20 years according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS).
GrowGreen Power Center’s solar thermal and biomass power plant produces approximately 45 MW of clean, renewable energy, most of which will be sold to the local power grid. The residual thermal energy will be used to climate control the greenhouse, support buildings and power plant, greatly enhancing the energy efficiency of a GrowGreen Power Center. The electricity produced will provide local power companies the option to purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), allowing them to meet State mandates requiring more and more energy come from renewable sources.
Additionally, the plant’s CO2 emissions are scrubbed and through an absorption process purified to food grade quality and used to feed the greenhouse crops. GrowGreen Power centers apply clean energy systems and reuse thermal energy for climate control that is typically wasted. The GrowGreen Power model has superior sustainability that is capable of operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The advanced integration technology allows controlled growing environments to operate within a wide variety of climate zones.
GrowGreen Power Inc. was founded in the summer of 2010 by Christopher Belknap, Bradley Nixon, and Gary Bailey. This small group of entrepreneurs hold the belief that we can always strive for greater clean energy and sustainable systems in our development practices for a cleaner, greener and long-term sustainable planet Earth for generations to come. These are realistic, pragmatic and principled objectives that can be achieved now with a combined commitment by both business leaders and visionaries. GrowGreen Power systems represent an innovative new way to integrate existing technologies to provide communities with fresh produce and renewable energy. Contact us to find out more about GrowGreen Power projects and investment opportunities.