Bluehouse Greenhouse Enters Strategic Partnership With Endurant Energy to Form Bluehouse Energy; Ari Kashani and Tom Chadwick Discuss
CALIFORNIA - Another step toward a more sustainable industry has been taken as Bluehouse Greenhouse (BHGH) and Endurant Energy announced their strategic partnership to form Bluehouse Energy (BHE). Backed by a $30 million investment from Endurant, a new on-site 13.2 MW quad-generation, or Quadgen, Energy Center (EC) will be built—which will provide electricity, hot and chilled water, and CO2.
With this new facility, BHE will supply a comprehensive, state-of-the-art system to address all of the energy requirements and thermal management needs to sustainably and reliably power BHGH’s new 2.8-million-square-feet high-tech glass greenhouse being built in Southern California.
“Endurant will be a key strategic partner for the Bluehouse Family as we leverage their low-cost, highly curated energy solutions for our greenhouse developments across the nation,” Ari Kashani, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BHGH, commented. “Endurant’s experienced team and strong execution track record in developing sustainable, off-grid energy solutions [were] key in developing the long-term partnership. Through Endurant’s expertise, we will drive our ESG strategy with stable energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint significantly. This marks the beginning of an exciting partnership between Endurant and BHGH as we execute on our vision to build secure and self-sufficient ecosystems across the nation and move a large part of the agriculture industry to controlled environments.”
According to the companies’ joint release, Endurant’s investment in an on-site EC is part of a multi-lateral strategic partnership to reduce and stabilize energy costs to support BHGH’s ESG strategy in its leading-edge facilities. Further, by using typically wasted byproducts of power generation such as heat, water, and CO2, the EC’s efficiency increases from an average of 50 percent to over 95 percent, putting the EC into a leading sustainability position.
In addition, the closed-loop ecosystem will accelerate crop growth and improve quality while simultaneously minimizing the facility’s overall carbon footprint. It is projected for the master-planned sustainable Food + Energy ecosystem to break ground in Winter 2021 with production to start taking place in Fall 2022.
“We are very excited about our partnership with BHGH and our participation in the expanding Agriculture Tech sector. Endurant understands the importance of reliable, affordable, and efficient energy generation to CEA. We have seen an increase in demand for local food produced in a cleaner, more sustainable and safer way. Our strategic partnership will support BHGH to provide exactly that.” Tom Chadwick, Chief Executive Officer of Endurant, stated. “We are proud to have been selected by BHGH to be their energy infrastructure partner of choice. The innovative energy solution developed and funded by Endurant allows BHGH to focus on their core business with a trusted partner as their long-term energy provider. We look forward to working alongside BHGH as they execute on their growth strategy to expand their operations across the U.S.”
The BHGH flagship facility will produce more than 50 million pounds annually of clean, safe, and traceable fruits and vegetables for local and regional markets, noted the release. It will be powered by low-cost sustainable energy, which also aligns with BHGH’s commitment to an ESG program.
ALPS is overseeing the master planning, design, and integration of the facility’s numerous sophisticated control and automation systems. Additionally, The Quadgen plant will be built utilizing integrated ECOMAX units supplied by AB Energy USA.
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