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Great Northern Hydroponics Projects CA$150,000 in Annual Savings After Fluence LED Implementation

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Fluence by OSRAM (Fluence), a leading global provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial food and cannabis production, and Great Northern Hydroponics, an Ontario, Canada-based greenhouse growing more than 10 varieties of tomatoes, announced today that the companies’ collaborative LED implementation is projected to save an estimated 150,000 Canadian dollars in annual operating costs for the greenhouse. The project also qualified for an incentive through the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Save on Energy Retrofit program that will significantly reduce the upfront costs of upgrading its lighting technology.

Great Northern Hydroponics’ 70-acre facility produces 20 million pounds of premium tomatoes annually. Its hydroponic greenhouses create optimum growing conditions through a sophisticated climate control system as well as a biologically controlled environment to prevent pest manifestations. Fluence’s LED technology was retrofitted across 10 acres of the facility’s tomato glasshouse. At the helm of Great Northern Hydroponics’ growing operation are Guido van het Hof, the company’s president and general manager, and Dean Bernardes, vice president of operations. Both hold decades of experience growing high-quality crops using the industry’s most advanced cultivation technology.

“We’ve been growing tomatoes for more than 20 years,” Van het Hof said. “As one of the first growers in our region to illuminate crops in a commercial environment, we’ve been immersed in researching and optimizing spectral strategies for plant growth and quality. Since the onset of LED technology, I’ve been particularly curious about how broad-spectrum LEDs could affect plant development. Based on our years of research and trialing, we’ve discovered that crops grow beautifully—with higher yields and fruit weights—under broad-spectrum light.”

Van het Hof’s multiyear commitment to researching the latest advancements and strategies for LED horticulture lighting rivals leading research universities and some of the world’s largest cultivators. In his pursuit to identify the optimal spectral strategy for vine crop production, Van het Hof spearheaded various trials with high-pressure sodium fixtures as well as LED technology. Throughout his decade-long exploration, Van het Hof has recorded significant advantages under broad-spectrum LED technology, reporting an increase in biomass and fruit production as well as significant energy savings—reductions which enabled the Great Northern Hydroponics team to leverage the Save on Energy Retrofit program offering growers incentives for energy-efficient lighting upgrades.

“Great Northern Hydroponics has always been a pioneer in leveraging horticulture technology and innovative cultivation methods,” said Steve Graves, vice president of business development for Fluence and long-time collaborator with Van het Hof. “Our work with Guido has informed some of our most important product advancements for vine crop growers throughout the world. Guido and his team at Great Northern Hydroponics have reinforced the validity and efficacy of LED lighting in greenhouse environments.”

Through Fluence’s utility rebate coordination program, the company assists growers with identifying, applying for and, in some cases, creating rebate programs in a facility’s respective region. With Great Northern Hydroponics’ lighting upgrade supported by the Save on Energy Retrofit program incentive, Van het Hof estimates the business will save approximately CA$150,000 in annual operational costs by replacing its high-pressure sodium lighting with Fluence’s LED technology.

“LED technology is proving to be superior across all categories,” Van het Hof added. “Our plants are flourishing under broad-spectrum lighting, our operational costs are decreasing and our staff is enjoying working with white light versus harsher, redder lights. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

For more information on Fluence and its rebate services, visit www.fluence.science.

About Fluence by OSRAM

Fluence Bioengineering, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of OSRAM, creates powerful and energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial crop production and research applications. Fluence is a leading LED lighting supplier in the global cannabis market and is committed to enabling more efficient crop production with the world’s top vertical farms and greenhouse produce growers. Fluence global headquarters are based in Austin, Texas, with its EMEA headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands. For more information about Fluence, visit https://fluence.science.

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