Groundbreaking in Silver Bay Showcases Substainable Project

By KBJR News 1

October 24, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2011 at 6:11 PM CDT

Silver Bay, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- It's taken three years for the City of Silver Bay and the University of Minnesota-Duluth to get to this point.

"The whole system should operate at net zero with the amount of energy we are bringing in"

Breaking ground for a project that is carbon neutral and more impressive the more you learn about it.

"The fish are kind of the engine of the operation. They'll produce nutrient filled water that water goes to feed the plants and the algae both for food and also for fuel," Designer David Abazes

Fish, more specifically Tilapia will live, breathe and produce waste right behind me where the piles of dirt stand right now.

The fish will live in tanks and work with the plants and algae, symbiotically, using each other and producing food and energy, all powered by wind.

"It's the wave of the future. To eliminate waste and transpiration cost's and being able to align business and industry so one businesses turn feed and stock and waste become another business feed, stock and waste"

An idea Carman says should be fully functional by next summer.

It took approximately 1.2 million dollars to begin construction on the 86-Hundred foot facility that should have fish by April and veggies growing shortly after.

Zach Vavricka