The increase from 4 to 12 acres of LED-lit greenhouse production represents the largest-ever deployment of Sollum’s unique technology and is a significant step in the drive to improve food security and sustainability in Canada.
Montréal, Québec, Canada, November 9, 2021 - In time for winter production, Sollum Technologies has completed the expansion of its smart LED lighting solution at Allegro Acres, a greenhouse pepper farm in Kingsville, Ontario. The increase from 4 to 12 acres of LED-lit greenhouse production represents the largest-ever deployment of Sollum's unique technology and is a significant step in the drive to improve food security and sustainability in Canada.
"With this expansion, now even more Canadians will be able to enjoy fresh, locally grown peppers all winter long," said Gene Ingratta, President of Allegro Acres. "We were so pleased with last year's harvest of winter-produced peppers, which was the first ever in Canada using LED lighting technology, that we decided to triple our acreage. Sollum's solution was a big part of our success, and there was no question that it was going to be part of our plans going forward."
"Sollum's smart LED lighting solution gives greenhouse growers unparalleled, real time and remote control of their lighting, and opens unprecedented opportunities for the horticultural industry," said Sollum CEO Louis Brun. "Year-round production is one of the benefits, which also include improving growers' productivity and adaptability, increasing Canadian food autonomy and strengthening local economies."
In total, Allegro Acres' expanded operation covers 12 acres and utilizes more than 12,000 smart lighting fixtures connected to Sollum's industry-leading SUN as a Service® cloud platform. Watch the video for a close-up view.
This project is supported, in part, through the Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative, a cost-share program funded by the Ontario Government and delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council, on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
About Sollum Technologies
Inspired by nature, Sollum Technologies was founded in 2015 to offer greenhouse growers the only smart LED lighting solution which dynamically recreates, perfects, and modulates the full spectrum of the Sun's natural light. The company is based in Montréal (Québec, Canada), where its design, development, and manufacturing activities are concentrated. Sollum™ works closely with its clients and research partners - namely, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Harrow Research and Development Center to create recipes that are adapted to the growth cycle of each crop, regardless of its native climate or the location of the greenhouse. Its SUN as a Service® cloud platform enables multi-zone light management so growers can implement several different recipes simultaneously in the same greenhouse. The platform also automatically adapts the lighting of each zone to the ambient light to match recipe targets. Sollum's award-winning lighting solution thereby provides unparalleled value in terms of energy savings, productivity, and superior produce quality through a flexible, adaptive, and easy-to-use application, with great respect for the environment. For more information, visit sollum.tech.
About Allegro Acres
Established in 1999, Allegro Acres is a family owned and operated greenhouse pepper production farm in Southwestern Ontario. Allegro prides itself on being an early adopter of innovative and sustainable greenhouse production practices. Over the years, Allegro has implemented a full water recirculation system, insect netting, a high pressure misting system, energy and black-out curtains for light abatement and now a fully dynamic LED lighting system to supply customers with year-round product. One of the core values at Allegro is employee wellbeing and promoting a team effort environment. For more information on Allegro Acres, please visit its grower profile on OGVG.