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CAN: Greenhouse Requires More Power

CAN: Greenhouse Requires More Power

Greenhouse operators in Leamington, Ontario, can’t expand without access to more electricity, says a spokeswoman for the growers. The Ontario Energy Board is expected to decide within three months on whether to build a $32-million transformer station and a new $45-million, 13-kilometre transmission. It is news greenhouse growers and the mayor of Leamington have been anticipating for more than a year. “This area has been under-serviced, in terms of hydro capacity, for the better part of 20 years. The line is saturated at this point. We need an upgrade for any acreage expansion,” says Justine Taylor, the energy and environment coordinator for the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers. Justine says 600 acres of expansion is projected for Leamington and Kingsville over the next five years, but that’s unlikely to happen without a new station and line. Justine says growers also want to add grow lights to their operations so they can produce all year. If the new station and line are approved, it would take four years to build. (Source: cbc.ca)