Case Study

Sustainable greenhouse business in Kyrgyz Republic

LLC Greenline with its 14,000 m2 of greenhouses provides fresh vegetables to the Kyrgyz market even during winter. Greenhouses need large amounts of energy for heating, ventilation and lighting. Maintaining constant temperature under the thin glass envelopes leads to high heat loses and expenses. Hence, growing fresh vegetables in tough Kyrgyz winters is an energy intensive business.
The company applied for KyrSEFF financing for thermal insulation of its greenhouses and administrative buildings.
The project included installation of double layered thermal screens at the glass surface, mounted at the roof and closed during the night to reduce the heat losses, and thermal insulation of administrative buildings.
The $1.5 million investment, where KyrSEFF loan made up $300,000, allowed to operate the greenhouses more efficiently and produce fresh vegetables at a competitively low price, while decreasing the need to import vegetables from abroad during the winter months.
The project generated 62 per cent of energy consumption reduction. And this benefit is lasting. In addition, the company reduced its carbon emissions by 900 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, making own input to an improved environment and climate resilience.
This example demonstrates that energy intensive businesses can still be competitive and profitable while operating under unfavourable nature conditions and bring highly demanded products to the local community.
23 Dec 2013