Australia: 20 hectare seawater solar greenhouse slated for Sundrop Farms

Sundrop Farms has signed an agreement for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to co-finance its greenhouse development near Port Augusta, South Australia. Sundrop Farms is building a 20-hectare greenhouse facility which will produce over 15,000 tonnes of tomatoes a year for metropolitan markets across Australia.

The greenhouse will use solar thermal technology to desalinate seawater to provide irrigation, and to heat and cool the greenhouses. Federal Minister for Climate Change Mark Butler said, “This world leading application of solar technology is particularly suitable for sustainable horticulture in arid regions. Clean Energy Finance Corporation financing would be for approximately one quarter of the project cost.”

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2015.


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