Anthony Soave Implements Innovative Energy-Saving Practices at Canadian Hydroponics Facility

Anthony Soave is deeply committed to improving the environment.  Throughout each of his diverse businesses, he has implemented innovative practices and behaviors to preserve energy, take advantage of sustainable resources, and encourage responsible industry practices.  For Anthony Soave, these behaviors are rooted in a genuine concern for leaving the world a better place, and an unremitting drive to do the right thing.  Each employee of Soave Enterprises upholds this commitment and strives to reach ever-increasing standards for responsible and mindful processes and practices. Soave Enterprises

Great Northern Hydroponics Facility

One example of innovative practices is found at Anthony Soave’s unique hydroponics facility located in Canada.  The Ontario greenhouse is the first of its kind in North America.  While many business owners would not care for the idea of a power plant being built next door to their company, Great Northern Hydroponics (an affiliate of Anthony Soave’s parent-company Soave Enterprises) saw instead a unique environmental opportunity.

Thanks to its advanced design, the greenhouse is actually a tri-generation facility.  This means it burns natural gas to generate heat, electricity, and CO2, creating a useful power cycle.  The greenhouse is built to act as a cooling unit for the engines of the power plant located next door, which transmits energy to over 5,000 homes in the surrounding Ontario community.  The CO2 produced is used as organic fertilizer for the tomato crops.  Additionally, thermal energy from the power plant engines will be stored in hot water tanks and deployed to heat the greenhouse.

Sustainable Growing Practices

In addition to providing CO2 for fertilizer, Soave Enterprises has also implemented other innovative growing practices, including raised troughs, run-off fertilizer recycling, computerized louvers and climate controls, as well as biological pest management. All of which results in tomatoes that are high in nutrients. The tomatoes are also pesticide- and herbicide-free, and have a long shelf life and exemplify Anthony Soave’s commitment to providing an exceptional product.

Great Northern Hydroponics is part of Soave Agricultural Group and Soave Enterprises, a diverse group of businesses owned by Anthony Soave.  Located 25 miles southeast of Windsor, Great Northern Hydroponics operates a 50-acre greenhouse where more than 2.1 million cases of gourmet tomatoes are grown and supplied annually to grocery stores and restaurants in and around metro Detroit.

As a result of installing the special cogeneration system, Great Northern Hydroponics will be able to reduce its energy costs without curtailing its annual production levels, thus improving its competitive position in the commercial tomato industry.  Consequently it is one of Soave Enterprises’ prized facilities.

“This is truly a remarkable system we have developed,” shares Anthony Soave.  “It is the only one of its kind in North America and serves as an example for others who wish to implement a similar system because it is the most technically advanced and environmentally sustainable projects of its kind.”

About Anthony Soave and Soave Enterprises

Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony L. Soave that provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures in the real estate, automotive retailing, beer distribution, scrap metal, industrial services and transportation industries, among others.  For more information on Anthony Soave and Soave Enterprises, please visit

Soave Enterprises

3400 E Lafayette

Detroit, MI 48207


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