By Anthony Capkun
April 15, 2022 – Flavor Fresh Farms Ltd. is receiving $174,203 through the Enbridge Gas Inc. Greenhouse Energy Efficiency program to support its recent energy efficiency upgrades at its Leamington, Ont., facility.
“Initial investment for energy-efficient equipment is essential to not only reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced, but provide a return in terms of energy savings in the future,” said Dean Mastronardi, owner, Flavor Fresh. “With the help of Enbridge Gas’ Energy Efficiency Incentive program, we were able to install energy-efficient equipment to help protect the environment and redirect cost savings to enhance our operations.”
The 24-acre glass greenhouse received incentives for two projects completed in 2021. The projects equate to a natural gas savings of 10,607,864 m³ per year. Flavor has used the savings to invest in energy curtains, zip doors and a planned 25-acre future expansion.
The incentive has also enabled the company to improve its ventilation system to allow excess heat to escape and cooler outside air to enter. When the vents are closed, they ensure no air enters and/or escapes, allowing for better control of greenhouse parameters. Efficient ventilation and seals result in lower emissions as climate control systems—such as natural gas boilers—are required less often.
The Enbridge Greenhouse Energy Efficiency program is part of a larger industrial energy conservation program, explains the company, which was designed to guide, assist and reward end users for improving energy efficiency and environmental performance in new construction or on major renovation projects.
“While natural gas continues to be one of the most economical fuels, we also want to ensure that our customers are being as efficient as possible with their usage,” said Steven Jelich, Enbridge Gas. “The combination of innovation, collaboration and conservation efforts has proven a successful strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today as we move to a clean energy future.