Solar Innovations, Inc., a custom manufacturer of residential and commercial greenhouses; garden windows; conservatories; folding, sliding, and stacking walls, doors, windows, and screens; sunrooms; and skylights; enhances their greenhouse initiative to provide team members with fresh produce.
Pine Grove, PA, June 17, 2013 - Solar Innovations, Inc., a custom manufacturer of residential and commercial greenhouses; garden windows; conservatories; folding, sliding, and stacking walls, doors, windows, and screens; sunrooms; and skylights; enhances their greenhouse initiative to provide team members with fresh produce. Solar Innovations, Inc. has enhanced their greenhouse initiative to provide its employees and their families with fresh produce. The LEED gold certified corporate office and manufacturing facility features numerous working greenhouses, cold frames, and outside gardens that serve as learning tools for potential customers. A byproduct of this learning experience is the greenhouses' production of fresh fruit and vegetables.
In recent years, collective gardens have been transforming communities around the world and Solar Innovations, Inc. hopes its greenhouses are able to provide team members with the same sense of community and connection to the environment. These greenhouses are maintained by Solar team members and the produce that is generated is distributed throughout the company during lunch hours and break time.
In the spring of 2012, a strawberry patch was planted which yielded its first harvest of 4 quarts of strawberries in May of this year. A week later, when the second pick took place, an additional two quarts of berries were harvested. The strawberries were distributed in the cafeteria where employees enjoyed the fruit over lunch breaks and some team members even brought some home to their families.
Lettuce has also recently been made available to the Solar Innovations, Inc. team. The lettuce was grown in a cold frame manufactured by Solar Innovations, Inc. to extend growing seasons. The cold frames are used in conjunction with greenhouses and consist of an aluminum frame with a sloped glass lid which traps heat and encourages plants to grow while protecting them from dew and frost. In early April the Solar Innovations, Inc.'s team members planted broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, artichoke, and flowers in the cold frame. Each week approximately twenty lettuce plants are harvested and distributed to team members to enjoy for lunch or share with their families.
Solar Innovations, Inc.'s onsite greenhouses are the same high quality glazed structures which customers will experience at their homes and are designed to be turn-key projects. Solar can provide a greenhouse for gardeners of any skill level, at any production level, and can create a greenhouse to fulfill any customers' needs.
Solar Innovations, Inc. strives to be an environmentally conscious leader not only within the manufacturing industry, but also within the community. By providing team members locally grown organic produce, Solar Innovations, Inc. not only hopes to reduce its carbon footprint and increase self sufficencey, but to contribute to its employees' personal health.