The ambitious project is a collaboration between La Shop Agricole, the City of Candiac and the Jardins Solaire project from real estate developer Groupe Xpansion. It will see 74 townhouses accommodate organic vegetable gardens with crops sold locally; and another 74 townhouses fitted with solar panels.
"Rooftop agriculture and energy production is the way of the future and fits perfectly within a sustainable development approach. In total, an area equivalent to two football fields will be consciously put to use rather than left neglected," Mayor Normand Dyotte said.
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Candiac in Quebec will be the first in the province to install urban agriculture and solar panels on the roof of homes.