Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2008 Espinola Regional Award Winner


Lowey's Produce - Rainy River District

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Blair Lowey; Michael Brown, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin

Blair Lowey; Michael Brown, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin

Reduce, reuse and recycle. Blair Lowey used these principles to rebuild and retrofit his operation with a high efficiency greenhouse and heating system. He designed new heat retention and heat generation systems that have improved efficiencies throughout the greenhouse process. The new clean energy boiler runs on biomass gasification. As a result, Lowey's Produce has reduced electrical energy costs by as much as 40 per cent, and totally eliminated its natural gas costs. The innovation allows the production of more products and crops year-round, which is significant in northern Ontario.

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