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Sunterra is a family business that has been operating since 1970
- Maximizing winter tomato production with a hybrid lighting solution of Philips LED and HPS
- Producing quality strawberries year-round under a 100% Philips LED solution
Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, supplied Sunterra Greenhouses, in Acme, Alberta, Canada, with Philips GreenPower LED lighting in 2021. Sunterra has since reported two successful production cycles over their tomato and strawberry ranges. Installing Philips LED technology has proven to be a game-changer for Sunterra Greenhouses. Now Sunterra is providing Albertan consumers with quality, fresh tomatoes and strawberries all year round.
The driving force behind Sunterra’s decision to incorporate LED lighting into its new greenhouse build was the desire for year-round production of quality fruit while managing their energy costs. In a region where natural light levels during the winter are often insufficient for predictable cultivation, supplemental greenhouse lighting is necessary to increase the light levels during the dark period. Sunterra’s newly-built Venlo greenhouses were outfitted with a hybrid solution of Philips LED toplighting compact and HPS lighting over their 17-acre range of tomatoes. The strawberry production area of 7.5 acres is lit with 100% LED consisting of Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact and Philips GreenPower LED flowering lamp.
A winning partnership
Philips horticulture LED lighting was chosen during the vendor selection process after the team provided Sunterra with customized lighting designs, and investment and payback calculations. A team of Philips lighting key account managers, plant specialists, and application engineers from North America and the Netherlands created several different lighting scenarios and configurations.
Ries Neuteboom, Commercial Sales Leader, Philips LED lighting said, “representatives from Philips Lighting have been in contact with Sunterra going back many years when the company began exploring the idea of growing strawberries. We are proud that Sunterra chose for Philips brand lighting for their new greenhouse build in 2021, and we are happy to continue supporting and partnering with Sunterra Farms as they grow and expand.”
The successful partnership between Sunterra Greenhouses and Philips LED lighting exemplifies the transformational potential of advanced horticulture lighting solutions. “We think of the Philips LED lighting team as our partner in this project; they have a vested interest in our success,” says Gabriel Forero, Head Grower, Sunterra Greenhouses.
Sunterra is a family business that has been operating since 1970. The company’s commitment to sustainability, innovation and excellence in crop production aligns seamlessly with Philips horticulture lighting’s mission to lead the lighting industry with cutting-edge technology and sustainable practices.
As a vertically integrated operation, Sunterra sells its fresh strawberries and tomatoes in nine Sunterra Markets throughout Alberta including Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer. In addition, Sunterra’s produce is available at local grocers and farmers’ markets.
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Philips horticulture LED solutions by Signify
Daniela Damoiseaux – global marcom manager
Tel: +316 40578311
Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2021, we had sales of EUR 6.9 billion, approximately 37,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for six consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.
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Specification, Systems and LED Agriculture Solutions
Mobile + 64 21 2254526
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Newmarket, Auckland 1023
Account Manager Horticulture LED Solutions
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Scoresby, VIC 3179, Australia
Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2020 sales of EUR 6.5 billion, we have approximately 38,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light with smart lighting solutions that improve quality of life, and by working towards a sustainable future. We became a carbon-neutral company in 2020, since our stock market listing, we have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for four years in a row and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.
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