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Greenhouses are just one sector where efforts to reduce energy consumption are underway.

Alberta producers tap into energy management program

There have been more than 400 applications in Alberta for the Growing Forward 2 
On-Farm Energy Management Program

Reading Time: 2 minutes Across Alberta, agricultural producers are using new ideas and emerging technology to reduce their energy consumption. For greenhouse operators in Alberta’s challenging climate, managing energy costs is an issue of the highest importance. At Broxburn Vegetables, which operates a three-acre greenhouse growing peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers near Lethbridge, owner Paul de Jonge has tried a […] Read more

Irrigation equipment in a farmer's field

Don’t cut corners on irrigation savings

Reducing water pressure when the corner arm isn’t needed can cut energy costs by 30 per cent or more

Reading Time: 2 minutes Producers with corner arm centre pivot irrigation systems can reduce their energy consumption by 30 to 40 per cent if a variable frequency drive (VFD) is added to the motor used to power the water pump, according to an Agricultural Technology Centre study. “Corner arms on centre pivots swing out to water corners and are […] Read more