Construction is set to begin on a $150 million-plus solar powered greenhouse in South Australia’s Port Augusta

Construction is set to begin on a $150 million-plus solar powered greenhouse in South Australia’s Port Augusta – a ground-breaking project that will use the sun’s energy and desalinated seawater to grow tomatoes all year round.

Developer of the greenhouse technology, Sundrop Farms, said last week it had engaged Frazer-Nash Consultancy to engineer construction of the Port Augusta project, which will expand the current pilot greenhouse into a 20 hectare commercial facility, adding eight more greenhouses to produce 15,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables annually.

The greenhouses will use 36MWth of solar-thermal energy to generate heat and desalinate water from the nearby Spencer Gulf.

Sophie Vorrath | reneweconomy.com.au

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8 comments

  1. Mike’s comments are important. Have they decided how to handle the resulting salt? The idea of providing fresh water to an arid region is so attractive, but not if it means poisoning the ecosystem in the process. Are there any other ways to safely dispose of the salt? Thanks for the article.

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