In the past, the industry relied exclusively on fossil fuels to fulfill its energy needs. Initially, during the first 5 years of the 10 year growth period this was not an issue, but during the last 5 years, the cost of energy has risen substantially, also increasing operating costs. Today, many greenhouse operations that rely on fossil fuels are vulnerable to such expenses, as energy costs have risen from 30% to 40% of their overall expenses.
In order to stay viable and competitive in the market place, AMCO has installed three Biomass combustion units with a total rated capacity of 85,500,000 BTU's that will fulfill about 90% of its overall energy demand, thus relieving its dependency on fossil fuels.The installation of this facility has allowed the company to control its fuel pricing (as Biomass fuel prices are considered to be more stable and less expensive than traditional fossil fuels), which will keep the company competitive in a changing market place. The Biomass is fueled by materials such as wood chips which does not produce carbon dioxide. By using Bio-Fuel for our energy requirements the process does not omit additional CO2 into the atmosphere, helping us to reduce our carbon footprint on the environment.