Tomatoes Grow From a Big Idea
To do something that’s never been done, you have to think big.
That’s what Houweling’s Tomatoes and Rocky Mountain Power did when tapping into waste heat and carbon dioxide from our natural gas-fired Currant Creek Power Plant. The unique system allows the 28-acre Houweling’s greenhouse near Mona, Utah to grow tomatoes year-round.
Houweling’s received $950,000 in Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart incentives to install energy-efficient lighting, fans and more. The equipment saves enough energy to power more than 1,000 typical Utah homes each year and saves the tomato grower $500,000 in energy costs.
The Juab County community also has benefited from a business that hires many of its 170 employees locally.
The big idea is attracting big honors. The project was a finalist for Breakthrough Solution of the Year at the 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards – often described as “the Oscars of the energy industry.”