GrowGreen Power Inc. zeros in on Anson County, NCPublished on: July 05, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C., July 5, 2011 – GrowGreen Power Inc. (www.growgreenpower.com) today announced it has selected a site in Anson County, North Carolina for its $250 million GrowGreen Power center.
“Our team has worked diligently to find a location that fits our needs,” said Bradley Nixon, Principal and CEO of GrowGreen Power. “Not only does Anson County provide what we need regarding our distribution and business requirements, but it’s also an area that will genuinely benefit from the job opportunities that our development will offer.”
GrowGreen Power’s Anson County project will bring more than 300 permanent jobs to an area already struggling with high unemployment rates. The unique development provides communities with fresh food and renewable energy by combining a hydroponic greenhouse with a solar thermal / biomass power plant. The $250 million project integrates a 50-acre greenhouse with a 37-megawatt (MW) co-generation power plant.
According to Mr. Nixon, GrowGreen Power is having ongoing, productive discussions with the North Carolina power companies regarding how the renewable energy it produces will enter the power grid. He added that GrowGreen Power has enjoyed a warm reception from North Carolina and Anson County’s local leadership. “We received a tremendous response when we first announced our intentions to come to North Carolina,” Mr. Nixon said. “The support we’ve received from the community has been very positive and encouraging. We are excited to have our first project in North Carolina and we genuinely hope the folks here are just as excited to have us. ”
The hydroponic greenhouse is a fully controlled growing environment capable of producing up to 30 times more high quality, safe produce than traditional farming. Initially, GrowGreen Anson County will produce tomatoes on the vine. 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).
The GrowGreen center’s solar thermal and biomass power plant produces 43.65 MW of clean, renewable energy, about 37 MW of which will be sold to the local power grid. The remaining energy will be used to power the greenhouse and power plant, making the GrowGreen center fully sustainable. 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.
About GrowGreen Power, Inc.
GrowGreen Power Inc. (http://www.growgreenpower.com) is an integrator of renewable energy and greenhouse growing systems; combined solar thermal and biomass plants that provide electricity to the power grid and climate controlled hydroponic greenhouses. 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. CO2 emissions are scrubbed to food grade and used to feed the greenhouse crops. GrowGreen centers are fully sustainable and operate twenty-four hours a day. The advanced integration technology allows controlled growing environments to operate within a wide variety of climate zones.