Low-Cost, Sustainable Energy to Power State-of-the-Art Greenhouse Development
Endurant Energy (“Endurant”) and Bluehouse Greenhouse Inc (“BHGH”) today announced a strategic partnership to form Bluehouse Energy (“BHE”). Endurant, a full-service developer, owner and operator of innovative, reliable, and resilient clean energy infrastructure solutions, will invest up to $30 million in the development of an on-site 13.2 MW quad-generation (“Quadgen” – providing electricity, hot and chilled water and CO2) Energy Center ("EC"). 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’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% to over 95% putting the EC into a leading sustainability position. The closed loop ecosystem will accelerate crop growth and improve quality while simultaneously minimizing the facility’s overall carbon footprint. The Quadgen plant will be built utilizing integrated ECOMAX units supplied by AB Energy USA, a company boasting an impressive portfolio of clients that are leaders in sustainable production of agricultural crops. The master-planned sustainable Food + Energy ecosystem is set to break ground in Winter 2021 and will be in production in Fall 2022.
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, powered by low-cost sustainable energy driving 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. ALPS is a world-class design firm focused on the development of high-profile projects in Controlled Environment Agriculture (‘CEA”) with an exemplary track record spanning over three decades and well over 100 million square feet of greenhouse projects built across the world.
Tom Chadwick, CEO of Endurant, stated, “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.” Chadwick added, “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.”
Ari Kashani, Founder and CEO of BHGH, commented “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. Endurant’s experienced team and strong execution track record in developing sustainable, off-grid energy solutions was 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.”