In a first of its kind in North America, Cedarline Greenhouses will use surplus heat and carbon dioxide from a local ethanol plant to produce up to 21-million kilograms of Ontario grown tomatoes each year. This project will lower heating costs for the greenhouse by 40 per cent while increasing tomato production by five per cent.
- This project will create up to 90 direct and indirect jobs upon completion and up to 400 direct and indirect job opportunities as it meets its expansion target.
- Ontario’s ethanol industry produces more than 885 million litres of ethanol annually (2011-2012), has created over 360 skilled jobs in rural Ontario, and has generated more than $635 million in capital investments.
- Almost 78 per cent of all Ontario greenhouses are located in the counties of Chatham-Kent and Essex.
Ted McMeekin – Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
“We are excited to be partnering with Cedarline Greenhouses for a project that will reduce operating costs and strengthen the competitiveness of the greenhouses. This truly is an environmentally sustainable way to produce high-quality products for the consumer year round.”
Ken Field – Founder and Chairman of GreenField Ethanol