Homewood, PA: Solar Powered Off-Grid Greenhouse
Solar Powered Off Grid: Greenhouse
In the heart of the seemingly forgotten Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, EcoCraft - in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, Oasis Foods, and Thoughtful Balance Architecture - successfully constructed a revolutionary urban farming initiative. Designed specifically to address both local neighborhood food scarcity issues as well as global water, energy, and infrastructure challenges, this micro farm project successfully demonstrates radical self-reliance.
While the project is located just feet from city utilities infrastructure, there are no city utility connections in the greenhouse. Powered, exclusively by solar energy through a revolutionary DC micro grid, the Homewood greenhouse is engineered to last for generations. It requires no supplementary heat, energy, or water, and acts as a model for agricultural, economic, and sustainable development for even the most remote and under-privileged locations.
Inside the Homewood Greenhouse
Inside the greenhouse, Oasis farms is perfecting the revolutionary agricultural technology called aquaponics. In this system, plants are combined with aquatic life to create a sustainable diverse system of food growth and cultivation. Designed to increase food productivity and density, especially in urban areas, this experiment not only grows food, but acts as a global model for developing nations.
The greenhouse includes:
- Aquaponics systems to grow plants and fish.
- A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education classroom under a solar canopy.
- A rainwater collection and purification system, with both 1,200 and 500-gallon cisterns, that uses a series of ultraviolet light, filters, and pumps to make the water safe for the aquatic living environment.
- Maintenance-free materials and design.
- Zero Operating Cost.
Innovation and utilizing environmental technologies are our hallmarks. Please call 1-800-274-6198 or fill out the form above to contact us if you would like assistance with your project.
The Greenhouse Was Built By EcoCraft Homes
In collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, Oasis Farms, SolarCell LLC, Energy Independent Solutions, and Thoughtful Balance Architecture. Partners in the project include the Bible Center Church, Oasis Farm & Fishery, the University of Pittsburgh, the Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration and the Swanson School of Engineering.