Harvest Power is Named to the 2015 Global Cleantech 100

HARVEST POWER IS NAMED TO THE 2015 GLOBAL CLEANTECH 100

Harvest Recognized Among Top Private Companies in Clean Technology for the Sixth Year in a Row

WALTHAM, MASS. (January 26, 2016) – Harvest Power, Inc., a leader in organics management solutions, today announced it was named to the 2015 Global Cleantech 100, a recognition it has received in each of the last six years. The Global Cleantech 100, produced by Cleantech Group, recognizes private companies that demonstrate the most innovative and promising ideas in clean technology and are best positioned to make the most significant market impact.

This year, a record number of nominations were received for the Global Cleantech 100, including 6,900 companies from 60 countries. The 100-member expert panel that selected the final list was drawn from leading financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations and industries active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia, Europe, and North America.

“The Global Cleantech 100 provides us with insight into the collective opinion of key market players on which megatrends and innovation companies are most likely to have a significant impact in the next 5-10 years,” said Michele Parad, Senior Manager at Cleantech Group and lead author of the Global Cleantech 100 Report. “Now in its 7th year, the Global Cleantech 100 program reveals which themes are staying relevant and which sectors are taking center stage.”

Harvest Power creates a more sustainable future by helping communities across North America better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy, soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008, garnering awards for its business of organic recycling, energy generation and soil revitalization. The company has received Bloomberg’s 2013 New Energy Pioneer Award and was named one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World for 2014.

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HARVEST MEDIA CONTACT: Meredith Sorensen, 206-569-0344, msorensen@harvestpower.com

CLEANTECH GROUP MEDIA CONTACT:  Heather Matheson, 415-233-9714,  heather.matheson@cleantech.com

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Harvest Power Wins American Biogas Council Award

Anaerobic Digester in Central Florida Named “Project of the Year”

ORLANDO, Fla. – Harvest Power, a leader in organics management solutions, has been recognized by the American Biogas Council with their inaugural Biogas Project of the Year Award for its newly-opened Energy Garden in Central Florida. The first-of-a-kind project converts organic waste into renewable biogas and natural fertilizers, diverting hundreds of thousands of tons of waste from Central Florida landfills. The facility is the only one in the region that serves the large tourism and hospitality industry with organics recycling.

The Project of the Year Awards, announced earlier this week at the BioCycle REFOR14 West Conference, recognize projects that make significant contributions to the biogas industry. The Council’s Awards Committee selected the Harvest Energy Garden because it excelled in all criteria, particularly innovation, technology, collaboration and complexity.

“We’re honored that the American Biogas Council selected Harvest for this distinction, particularly when considering the exponential growth of this industry in recent years. It’s an exciting time to be innovating in this space,” said Harvest Power CEO Kathleen Ligocki.

Located within the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID), the Energy Garden uses anaerobic digestion – a biological process that relies on naturally occurring bacteria – to produce renewable biogas. When operating at full capacity, the facility will process 130,000 tons of organic materials annually and produce 5.4 megawatts of combined heat and power.

“This facility signals a paradigm shift for the region’s hospitality industry as hotels and restaurants are now able to differentiate themselves to customers through environmentally sound waste recycling practices,” said Chris Peters, regional vice president of Harvest Power in Florida. “We’re excited to see organics recycling and clean energy take off in this region.”

Harvest Power is working with several partners in Central Florida, including the JW Marriott, Waldorf Astoria, Walt Disney World Resort, Republic Services, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, FreshPoint Central Florida as well as the area’s leading family attractions.

About Harvest Power

Harvest creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy, soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. Harvest’s vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic material produced in North America each year. The company operates organics management facilities in the East and West Coasts of the U.S., and in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008 and has garnered awards for its business of recycling, energy generation and soil revitalization. The company has been named to the Global Cleantech 100 four years in a row, received Bloomberg’s 2013 New Energy Pioneer Award and was named in Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World in 2014.

Contact
Meredith Sorensen, 908-601-3905, msorensen@harvestpower.com

Fresh Produce Distributor Makes the Leap to Organics-to-Energy

Central Florida now home to large-scale program turning food waste into energy with Harvest Power

BAY LAKE, Fla. – Harvest Power recently teamed up with FreshPoint Central Florida to recycle 100 percent of the fresh produce company’s local organic residuals at Harvest Power’s Energy Garden in Central Florida. The vegetative overs – including fruit and vegetable peels, strawberries tops, corn husks, and pineapple cores as examples – are now diverted from landfills and converted into renewable biogas and natural fertilizers. FreshPoint Central Florida contributes to the approximate 6 megawatts (MW) of combined heat and power that the Energy Garden produces, enough to power just over 2,000 homes.

FreshPoint Central Florida is the latest local business to come on board Harvest Power’s “Orlando Or Landfill? Responsible Food Recovery” campaign. Harvest Power is challenging Florida businesses and consumers to join the effort to reduce pressure on landfills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help fuel local renewable energy production.

“Working with Harvest Power was an easy decision for us, as we do our part to help sustain the environment,” said John Kovalik, Executive Vice President, FreshPoint Central Florida. “With Harvest Power’s program, we reduce our hauling fees, keep our waste out of the landfill and ensure the organic waste we produce is creating clean, renewable energy for our community.”

The facility’s anaerobic digester uses naturally-occurring bacteria to turn organic waste into renewable biogas. The final products are renewable electricity and natural fertilizers used to boost local agriculture production.

“We’re excited to partner with FreshPoint Central Florida, especially since nearly 100 percent of their waste is organic matter,” said Chris Peters, Harvest Power’s Regional Vice President in Florida. “We’re building a local sustainability movement that gives businesses an alternative to traditional landfill disposal for their organic waste. That matters because now FreshPoint Central Florida and other businesses can put waste to good use. Our partnership shows what’s possible for other food processors across the country.”

By joining Harvest Power’s Orlando Or Landfill? campaign, businesses can reduce costs associated with food waste disposal and boost local agriculture by returning nutrients to the soil. To learn more about the campaign, go to www.WeChooseOrlando.com.

About Harvest Power
Harvest creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy, and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. Harvest’s vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic material produced in North America each year. The company operates organics management facilities in the East and West Coasts of the U.S., and in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008 and has garnered awards for its business of recycling, energy generation and soil revitalization. The company has been named to the Global Cleantech 100 four years in a row, received Bloomberg’s 2013 New Energy Pioneer Award and was named in Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World

About FreshPoint Central Florida
FreshPoint Central Florida is an Orlando-based distributor of fresh produce and part of the Sysco family of foodservice distribution companies. Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 193 distribution facilities serving approximately 425,000 customers. For Fiscal Year 2013 that ended June 29, 2013, the company generated sales of more than $44 billion. For more information, visit www.sysco.com or connect with Sysco on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SyscoCorporation or Twitter at www.twitter.com/Sysco.

New Green Initiative Introduced at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Event will Divert Organic Waste from Landfill to New Harvest Power Energy Garden in Central Florida

BAY LAKE, Fla., Mar 12– Harvest Power is aiming to add a new tradition for businesses and consumers in Central Florida – to recycle organic waste into clean energy and soil nutrients. What better place to motivate excitement around this movement than at Central Florida’s most traditional sporting event: The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard. This year’s PGA TOUR Event event will be green in more ways than one, as Harvest Power is sponsoring collection and pickup of food waste throughout the tournament for the first time ever.

The March 17-23 event will give players, spectators, staff and other guests at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard the opportunity to help create renewable energy at the new Central Florida Energy Garden run by Harvest Power, an innovative leader in recycling food waste. The facility will process the leftover salads, sandwiches, lemon wedges, etc. into clean renewable energy through anaerobic digestion. Eventually the food scraps will become natural soil products that boost nutrients for farms and gardens. Participants will see 100 organic collection bins on-site at the tournament, as well as signage, to make it easy for everyone to separate their food waste.

“We’re excited to take ‘green’ to a whole new level in Central Florida,” said Chris Peters, the company’s regional vice president in Florida. “At Harvest Power, we develop strong partnerships with local communities and showcase the importance of diverting food waste from landfills. Ultimately, we’d like to see our natural fertilizers – made from local organics – spread back onto the fairways to fully complete the organic loop.”

Food waste disposal is one of North America’s greatest challenges. Currently, compostable organic material makes up the largest and heaviest portion of the overall waste stream in the U.S., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The majority of organic material is discarded with waste and hauled to distant landfills. In Central Florida, about 24 pounds of food waste enters a landfill every second – or more than 1,000 tons per day. Harvest Power’s “Orlando Or Landfill? Responsible Food Recovery” campaign inspires businesses to “Choose Orlando” to reduce pressure on landfills and help produce local renewable energy and natural soil nutrients. Harvest Power works with local businesses and haulers to provide simple solutions for food waste recycling.

For more information on this initiative, visit www.WeChooseOrlando.com.

About Harvest Power
Harvest creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy, and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. Harvest’s vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic material produced in North America each year. The company operates organics management facilities in the East and West Coasts of the U.S., and in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008 and has garnered awards for its business of recycling, energy generation and soil revitalization. The company has been named to the Global Cleantech 100 four years in a row, received Bloomberg’s 2013 New Energy Pioneer Award and was named in Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

Harvest Power Unveils Cutting-Edge Central Florida Organics to Energy Facility

BAY LAKE, FLA., Feb. 20, 2014 – Harvest Power today unveiled the Central Florida Energy Garden, an organics management and renewable energy facility that is the first of its kind in the U.S., converting organic waste into renewable biogas and natural fertilizers. The anaerobic digester combines a unique set of proven technologies and will divert hundreds of thousands of tons of waste from Central Florida landfills.

Located within the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID), the Energy Garden uses anaerobic digestion – a biological process that relies on trillions of naturally occurring bacteria – to produce renewable biogas. When operating at full capacity, the facility will process more than 120,000 tons of organic materials annually while producing 5.4 megawatts of combined heat and power.

“We are immensely proud of the teamwork that transformed this technically sophisticated project from a vision to a reality,” said Alex MacFarlane, vice president of Project Development.  “As North American demand for recycling of organic waste grows, this anaerobic digestion facility is a revelation for what is possible. Designed to the highest standards, we hope it will serve as an inspiration for more communities to divert organics from the landfill.”

Harvest Power’s Energy Garden helps businesses and communities across Central Florida reduce and reuse organic material, increase renewable energy production and revitalize soil to boost local agriculture. Restaurants, hotels and food processors throughout the region are now able to send food scraps to the Energy Garden. Walt Disney World Resort – located within RCID – is the facility’s first customer with additional businesses in surrounding communities signing up every day.

“We’re always looking for innovative ways to conserve natural resources and protect the environment,” said Bill Warren, administrator for Reedy Creek Improvement District, which provides governmental services, including utility systems. “Turning organic waste into clean energy is a logical next step toward realizing long-term sustainability goals.”

Food waste disposal is one of North America’s greatest challenges. Currently, compostable organic material makes up the largest and heaviest portion of the overall waste stream in the U.S., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The majority of organic material is discarded with waste and hauled to distant landfills. In Central Florida, about 24 pounds of food waste enters a landfill every second – or more than 1,000 tons per day.

Harvest Power is also launching a new campaign in Central Florida, encouraging businesses to divert their food waste from landfills and convert it to renewable energy via the Harvest facility. The “Orlando Or Landfill? Responsible Food Recovery” campaign challenges businesses and consumers to “Choose Orlando” to reduce pressure on landfills and help fuel local renewable energy production. Harvest Power works with a variety of municipalities and private haulers to provide simple solutions for food waste recycling.

For more information on this project, visit www.WeChooseOrlando.com.

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About Harvest Power

Harvest creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy, and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. Harvest’s vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic material produced in North America each year. The company operates organics management facilities in the East and West Coasts of the U.S., and in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008 and has garnered awards for its business of recycling, energy generation and soil revitalization. The company has been named to the Global Cleantech 100 four years in a row, received Bloomberg’s 2013 New Energy Pioneer Award and was named in Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

Media Contacts:

Steve Rainwater – Orlando, 407-875-1999 x310, steve@thinkagency.com

Sian Wu – Corporate, 206-262-0363 x115, swu@colehourcohen.com

Harvest Power Honored by Goldman Sachs for Entrepreneurship

Paul Sellew among 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at 2013 Builders + Innovators Summit

ARIZONA – Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) is recognizing Harvest Power founder and CEO, Paul Sellew, as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013 at its Builders + Innovators Summit in Marana, Arizona. Goldman Sachs selected Sellew as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the event.

Harvest Power is the leading manager of organic materials in North America. The company diverts organic materials from landfills and produces renewable energy and soils, mulches and natural fertilizer products through advanced technologies including anaerobic digestion and composting.

“It is an extreme honor to be among the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs,” said Sellew. “Harvest is creating a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste. We operate at the intersection of waste, agriculture and energy, and turn today’s challenges into tomorrow’s solutions.”

Paul Sellew has been a leader in the organics industry for more than 25 years. In 1982 he founded EarthGro, Inc. which grew to be the second largest producer of compost-based lawn and garden products in North America. Sellew has also been a senior executive with Synagro, Inc. and also founded and led International Process Systems, Inc. (composting technology provider), Allgro, Inc. (compost marketing firm), Environmental Credit Corp. (carbon credit creation and trading), and Backyard Farms (hydroponic greenhouse tomato producer). He currently serves as CEO of Harvest Power, on the Board of Directors of the United States Composting Council and is a graduate of Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Sellew was recently a featured speaker at TEDx Boston where he was dubbed the “Compost King.”

“We are honored to recognize Paul Sellew as one of the most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2013,” said David Solomon, co-head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs. “This is the second year for the summit and our goal remains the same. We pair seasoned and emerging entrepreneurs — the builders and innovators — from a diverse set of industries to discuss how to make vital, enduring companies that reshape industries and boost the world’s economies through innovation.”

For more than 140 years, Goldman Sachs has been advising and financing entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their businesses. In addition to honoring 100 entrepreneurs, the summit consists of general sessions and clinics led by Goldman Sachs experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders as well as resident scholars.

About Harvest Power

Harvest creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. Harvest’s vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic materials produced in North America each year. The company operates organics facilities in the Mid-Atlantic and West Coast of the U.S., and in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008 and has garnered awards for its business of energy generation and soil revitalization: the company has been named to the Cleantech 100 Top Global Cleantech companies three times, designated “Emerging Company of the Year” by the New England Clean Energy Council. In 2013 Harvest, won the New Energy Pioneer Award presented by Bloomberg.

 

Contact:
Sian Wu, 206-701-4734
swu@colehourcohen.com

Harvest Power Launches Energy Garden that Turns Local Food Scraps into Renewable Energy

North America’s largest commercial-scale high solids anaerobic digester and compost facility turns organic waste into clean energy and compost

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA (Sept. 11, 2013) – Wondering what to do with your yard trimmings, pizza crusts, apple cores and other food scraps? Harvest Power has a solution: turn it into energy and compost! Today Harvest, along with its partners, officially launched its Energy Garden in British Columbia, the largest commercial-scale high solids anaerobic digester in North America. The Energy Garden is located at Harvest’s site in Richmond, B.C. and has the capacity to convert up to 40,000 tonnes of food and yard waste per year from area homes, businesses, restaurants and supermarkets into clean energy and compost.

“This facility represents the innovation, passion and commitment required to usher in the future of organics management,” said Paul Sellew, Harvest Power founder and CEO. “We are excited to continue our partnership with the Metro Vancouver and the City of Richmond community to cost-effectively convert organic materials once destined for the landfill into clean energy and compost products.”

Harvest’s Energy Garden, which uses GICON’s batch two-stage anaerobic digestion technology, is the largest of its kind in North America. The facility produces enough energy to power approximately 900 homes per year, and provides hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of top quality soil products to local farms, gardens and landscapes.

Harvest is celebrating the opening of its Energy Garden and composting facility with two events: a “Cube of Food and Compost” tour and an opening ceremony. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Harvest will tour the region with a “Cube of Food and Compost” – an educational learning station that will make stops at local venues to demonstrate how energy and nutrients are cycled through the community. At each stop, participants will learn about sorting food scraps and receive compost. On Thursday, Sept. 12, Harvest will host a grand opening celebration with community leaders, government representatives and the business community.

“Our Government is supporting innovative projects across the country and positioning Canada at the forefront of clean energy technology to help protect our environment and create high-quality jobs,” said the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Canada’s Minister of National Revenue. “Projects like this not only support our local economy but also demonstrate how we can use clean technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“The City of Richmond is pleased to work with Harvest Power to manage and beneficially reuse our organic waste,” said Malcolm Brodie, Richmond Mayor and Chair of the Zero Waste Committee for Metro Vancouver. “Together we are creating opportunities to reach our recycling targets while improving the soil for future generations and developing the increased use of renewable energy sources.”

Harvest’s services and products help reduce landfill-bound waste and greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation while providing clean, local renewable energy and top quality soil products.

“We see an organic cycle of energy and nutrients: a pizza crust from last night’s dinner gets turned into power today, and soil that grows tomatoes in tomorrow’s garden,” continued Sellew.

Financing for the Energy Garden was supported by a $4 million contribution from Natural Resources Canada and a $1.5 million contribution from BC Bioenergy Network. Proud supporters of this effort include BC Hydro, Metro Vancouver and member municipalities, Port Metro Vancouver, haulers, landscapers and local residents. The energy is sold back onto the grid under a power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.

About Harvest Power

Harvest creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. Harvest’s vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic materials produced in North America each year. The company operates organics facilities in the Mid-Atlantic and West Coast of the U.S., and in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008 and has garnered awards for its business of energy generation and soil revitalization: the company has been named to the Cleantech 100 Top Global Cleantech companies three times and won Bloomberg’s 2013 New Energy Pioneer Award.

About City of Richmond

British Columbia’s fourth largest municipality, Richmond is an island community located in the mouth of Fraser River. Home to 200,000 people and one of BC’s most robust local economies, Richmond has also preserved about half of its total area as open space, including farmland, park, environmentally protected areas and other green space. Richmond is committed to being a Sustainable City that is “a healthy, safe and enriched island community with an innovative and prosperous economy and thriving natural systems, sustained for current and future generations.” Richmond has been a regional leader in promoting composting, the recycling of food scraps and other measures to divert waste from landfills. Richmond also supports sustainability and reduction of our environmental footprint through innovative production and use of renewable energy and award-winning energy conservation measures.