Equilibrium Capital and Houweling’s Group continue to improve their sustainability profile with the announcement of an investment to upgrade their existing 28-acre greenhouse in Utah with an advanced hybrid LED system. The project, in partnership with Rocky Mountain Power, Hortipar Lighting Solutions and Philips lighting from Signify, is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2021 and will significantly reduce the greenhouse’s annual power consumption.
“It’s about growing more with fewer resources,” says Kevin Doran, CEO of the Houweling Group. “With this investment in lighting, we plan to produce more sustainably grown tomatoes year round for our customers in the region while reducing our electricity consumption and CO2 emissions. With this installation of LED technology, in addition to our industry’s first CO2 and heat capture system connected to the adjacent PacifiCorp power plant, we believe it will make our greenhouse in Mona, Utah, one of the most high-tech and durable greenhouses in North America. “
Example of a hybrid lighting system
The fully integrated hybrid lighting system will be delivered by Hortipar Lighting Solutions, a leading lighting contractor based in the Netherlands. The project replaces 6,800 existing 1,040-watt high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures with compact, top-lit, 500-watt Philips GreenPower LED grow lights with an efficiency of 3.7 μmol per joule. These grow lights use about half the electricity while producing the same amount of light as HPS systems with less excess heat. You can find more information about Philips GreenPower LED here.
The project will reduce the installation’s electricity demand by approximately 25% and lead to savings estimated at 10 million kWh per year, which is equivalent to the annual consumption of approximately 1,200 households.
“Environmentally controlled agriculture creates opportunities to have a lasting impact on the economy, the environment and the workforce,” said David Chen, CEO of Equilibrium Capital, a global leader in investing in sustainable agriculture. “Our investment in the LED technology project reflects our commitment to managing our energy resources, reducing our carbon footprint and generating productivity gains in the greenhouse. This provides our retail partners with resilience in their supply chain and our mountain state consumers with better quality, regionally grown produce. “
“Rocky Mountain Power’s Wattsmart Business energy efficiency program is all about finding innovative ways to save energy,” Raenee Carlson, Wattsmart Business Program Manager. “This partnership with Houweling’s and Equilibrium is an ideal opportunity to improve efficiency and support agricultural businesses in Utah.
As part of the investment, the greenhouse will also be fitted with curtains to reduce the light currently emitted by the installation. When complete, limited light will be able to escape from the roof of the greenhouses, greatly reducing the impact on the nearby towns of Mona and Nephi. “It’s an important part of doing the right thing for the communities in which we are proud to do business,” says Chen.
Equilibrium and Houweling’s have also started land preparation for a 30-acre extension of the greenhouse project which is slated to begin production in 2022. This will allow Houweling’s to further expand its fresh produce offering 365 days a year in Utah and the great Rocky Mountain region.
Site leveling begins in Mona, Utah
“Our decision to expand the Mona site reflects our long-term commitment to building a North American agro-tech production cluster in Utah,” Chen said.
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