Solar panels could take greenhouses off the grid

A solar panel on a greenhouse roof may seem illogical at first, but a trial at Freeman Herbs is proving that with some clever manipulation greenhouses can produce electricity from sunlight without affecting the plants growing underneath.

The Lincoln greenhouse known for its potted herbs that consumers can buy at grocery stores and other retailers, installed these special panels over a half-acre of its 15-acre facility last year. The early results seem promising, said the company’s research and development manager.

“It could be incredible,” Marco de Leonardis said.

The results so far suggest Freeman Herbs could scale up and produce all its required electricity onsite using solar panels.

Read more at Niagara This Week (Luke Edwards)

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