{An ambitious energy project in Homewood powers up}

Title{An ambitious energy project in Homewood powers up}
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMoore D
Keywordsagriculture, off-grid, Solar, United States
AbstractThe canopy of solar panels was erected several months ago along a barren stretch of Fleury Way in Homewood. Then came the bioshelter — a gleaming cabin-sized structure that attracted curious stares from neighbors passing by. Now, power is flowing from the panels to the greenhouse, feeding lights, a ventilation system, and an aquaponics unit that can grow both plants and seafood. The bioshelter is part of an ambitious project to bring cleanly generated energy and locally grown food to Homewood — and to regions around the world — and it is taking off. On Thursday, a few dozen people, including Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, stopped by to mark the first step in what could be a self-sustaining electric grid in the neighborhood.