Green Jobs, Tomatoes Coming To N. Carolina

The Piedmont region of North Carolina is poised to gain 300 green jobs in conjunction with a massive hydroponic greenhouse and solar thermal/biomass power plant slated for development by GrowGreen Power.

The GrowGreen center, as its known, will include a controlled greenhouse growing environment the company claims will be capable of producing up to 30 times more produce than traditional farming. Initially, the North Carolina GrowGreen center will be dedicated to producing tomatoes on the vine.

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image via GrowGreen Power

The GrowGreen center’s solar thermal and biomass power plant will produce 43.65 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy, about 37 MW of which will be sold to the local power grid. All remaining energy will be used to power the greenhouse, allowing the GrowGreen center to operate completely off the grid.

As an added bonus to local power companies, energy purchased from this solar thermal/biomass power plant will qualify for Renewable Energy Credits, which will allow utilities to meet new mandates for renewable energy generation from the state of North Carolina.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.