Where: Estevan, SK
Facts about the Shand Greenhouse
- The Shand Greenhouse is connected to the Shand Power Station and uses recycled waste heat from the Power Station to heat the Greenhouse in the winter.
- If it’s very cold outside, we’ll also use electric boilers to help heat the Greenhouse.
- We produce about 500,000 seedlings annually. This consists of a mixture of Saskatchewan native hardwood, softwood and shrub species.
- The Shand Greenhouse has:
- 3 production bays
- 2 research areas
- 2 outdoor irrigated growing areas
- A greenhouse of this kind is unique among power companies.
- Every year, we distribute seedlings to our customers who have applied through our seedling program. Everyone who applies must meet our eligibility requirements to receive seedlings. Our seedlings are planted by customers for:
- planting as individual trees
- establishing shelter belts
- helping create habitat for wildlife through conservation projects
- We grow specific seedlings to support initiatives of environmental groups such as:
- Nature Saskatchewan
- Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan
- Grasslands National Park
- Canadian Wildlife Services
- Nature Conservancy of Canada
Our Impact in Our Communities
- In 2020, we provided native grasses and plants to the Estevan Comprehensive School to support the development of a traditional garden. This was a student led project to recognize and pay tribute to the path to reconciliation.
- In 2018, we provided low maintenance shrubs and grasses for a pilot project along our power line rights-of-way. The purpose of the project was to establish low maintenance vegetation that would reduce the growth of large trees under our power lines. In the process it created pollinator gardens for bees.
- We support the Grasslands National Park by providing sage plants. Planting sage helps increase the endangered Greater Sage Grouse habitat.
- We partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Nature Saskatchewan by providing milkweed plants to help establish habitat for Monarch Butterflies.