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World's First Solar-Powered Indoor Vertical Farm Comes To Philly

By Brian Spaen

Metropolis Farms continues to pave the way for sustainable farming in big cities. They created the nation’s first vegan-certified farm, which was also Philadelphia’s first indoor vertical farm. Now they’ve stepped it up even further with a farm completely running on renewable solar power.

The new indoor farm will provide fresh crops all year long in South Philly. It’s equivalent to 660 acres of traditional farmland, all of it is just stacked on top of each other. It’ll be powered by 2,003 solar panels that are installed on a gigantic 100,000 square-foot rooftop. It’ll supply a half-megawatt to power the farm on the building’s fourth floor.

With everything completed on the rooftop, the farm is now currently being constructed. The company is scheduled to plant their crops in November, which will provide a wide variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, lettuce, and herbs. Metropolis Farms explains in a blog post why growing crops locally is better than importing it from other places.