Seminole Celebrates “Smart Garden” Ribbon Cutting

Seminole Electric Cooperative (Seminole) partnered with Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC), the University of Florida (UF/IFAS) North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC)-Suwannee Valley, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to host a ribbon-cutting celebration of the Smart Garden indoor agriculture container at UF/IFAS – Suwannee Valley on April 7, 2022.

Lisa Johnson, Seminole’s CEO and General Manager, attended and was a guest speaker during the event. “At Seminole, we believe that advancing electrification is critical to our identity as an electric cooperative,” said Johnson. “There are other opportunities that fall within this category, including advancing electric vehicles, and implementing smart home and business technologies. But today, we are here to celebrate our collective efforts to not only demonstrate efficient electrification, but also provide food for our communities. We are so proud to be a part of this project.”

The kale from the project will be donated to the Florida Gateway Food Bank, Catholic Charities, in Lake City, Florida.

Lisa Johnson (left), Senator Ausley (center), and Mike McWaters, Executive Vice President and CEO of Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (right). 

Based in Tampa, Florida, Seminole is one of the largest generation and transmission cooperatives in the country. Its purpose is to provide essential wholesale services to its Members through a balanced, diversified portfolio of safe, affordable, and reliable energy resources. Seminole and its Members collectively serve 1.9 million individuals and businesses in 42 Florida counties.

Seminole Electric is an equal opportunity provider and employer.