Grow Green Power
Grow Green Power, Inc. was founded in the summer of 2010 by Christopher Belknap, Bradley Nixon, and E8 Energy President, 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. Grow Green Power Systems represent an innovative new way to integrate existing technologies to provide communities with fresh produce and renewable energy.
Grow Green Power Center's 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, Grow Green Power centers will produce tomatoes on the vine. Then in subsequent phases a wide variety of cucumbers, colored peppers, and varieties of fine lettuce & herbs. US annual per capital us of tomatoes and tomato products has increased nearly 30 percent over the past 20 years according to the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS).
Grow Green 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. This will greatly enhance the energy efficiency of the Grow Green Power Centers. The electricity produced will provide local power companies the option to purchase Renewable Energy Credits (REC'S), allowing them to meet the state's mandates which is 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. Grow Green Power centers apply clean energy systems and reuse thermal energy for climate control that is typically wasted. The Grow Green 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.
E8 Energy will be doing all of the electrical work in the greenhouses and the solar photovoltaic's on the buildings roof. The first building scheduled, will be in Anson County, NC which will be a 100 Acre Greenhouse opening around end of 2017.