Big Marble Farms Announces Expansion and 6MW Cogeneration Facility
From left to right, Big Marble Farms partners Rick Wagenaar, Ryan Cramer (CEO), and Albert Cramer

In a continuation of our growth journey, Big Marble Farms Inc. is pleased to announce our next expansion. We are adding 10 acres of vegetable greenhouse and a state-of-the-art 6MW cogeneration power plant. This will take Big Marble Farms to a total of 45 acres in production to support the needs of our growing greenhouse and packhouse business.

We have selected Martin Energy Group to supply Siemens generators with waste heat recovered to heat our greenhouses. By using the waste heat, we reduce the amount of natural gas required to heat our facilities and save the associated emissions. This is a continuation of our commitment to sustainability and leadership in the greenhouse industry. Commissioning is scheduled for August 2020.

Big Marble Farms is working with the City of Medicine Hat utility on the possibility of interconnection for our generation project to further optimize the capture of waste heat.

This cogeneration project was made possible in part by funding from Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Custom Energy Solutions program, which helps large commercial and industrial facilities reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are thankful to the Custom Energy Solutions team for their support for this project.

“We are passionate about growing, and this is an opportunity for our organization to take the next step in offering a consistent supply of healthy, local produce, year-round. The new addition will enhance our existing facility and the power plant will provide safe, sustainable power so that we can continue to do what we do best.” Ryan Cramer, CEO and partner of Big Marble Farms.

Big Marble Farms is a second-generation family-run greenhouse and packhouse operation supplying long English cucumbers, mini cucumbers, tomatoes on the vine and beefsteak tomatoes to customers throughout Western Canada. This investment will aid our company’s growing demand for safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly energy, while maintaining our standard of excellence in growing fresh, local produce.

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