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Renewable energy production scheme for agri-food producers

On May 12, 2023, the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development published Order no. 70/2023, establishing a new aid scheme financed with a total budget of EUR 500 million (from the Modernisation Fund) to be implemented between 2023 and 2028. Under this scheme, several calls for projects will…

Could growing crops under solar panels provide food and energy at the same time?

Imagine growing greens in your backyard under a solar panel and then juicing them in a blender powered by the same energy. A new University of Alberta project is working to make that a reality. By growing spinach under different solar panels, two U of A researchers are measuring how the process affects…

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US: States can boost sustainable indoor agriculture with energy-saving policies

With a rising share of U.S. crops grown in greenhouses and indoor farms, policymakers can encourage energy and water efficiency efforts in those facilities to support sustainable agriculture, according to new research. Two reports from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the…

"Our objective is to eventually build greenhouses that are energy neutral"

Kubo is a third-generation family company active in the greenhouse industry since 1945. They are also the mind behind the Ultra-Clima semi-closed greenhouse. "This infrastructure allows the growth of high-quality products in any climate in the world," explains Wouter Kuiper, CEO of Kubo. "Essentially, we…

"Every tonne taxed in the same way"

Dutch government wants to incentivise individual grower with 'flat' carbon tax

The cabinet has commissioned research into six variants for the individual CO2 system for greenhouse horticulture. The Hague wants to change the system to give growers more…

Energy costs create headwinds for vertical farms

When salad shortages hit British supermarkets earlier this year, attention turned to one futuristic farming technique, long touted as a way to shore up local supply chains and keep fresh produce on the shelves: vertical farms. Energy has long been the elephant in the room for the industry — a problem…

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LettUs Grow collaborates to create “A beginner's guide to energy in CEA”

The indoor farming sector has seen its fair share of turbulence since the energy price crisis first took hold. For those new to or just starting out in the industry, there are a dizzying array of complex concepts that go into understanding the impact energy sources have on the efficiency, profitability,…

The potential for renewable energy in vertical farming

In order to develop vertical farming and the CEA industry – or “Controlled Environment Agriculture” – in the future, vertical farmers need to reduce costs related to both operations and energy. Thankfully, it looks like one way of reducing energy costs in the near future will also be a way to reduce…

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