3 years on, and Sundrop Farms expanding its cutting edge solar technology

sundrop-farms-David-PrattSundrop Farms’ greenhouse expansion project approved by council | PHOTOS,The Transconntinental By Steph Say and Ryan Smith Aug. 13, 2014, 

Sundrop Farms gets the green light  Sundrop Farms’ innovative greenhouse expansion project has been given the green light with the support of Port Augusta City Council.

Provisional development approval was granted at Tuesday night’s Development Assessment Panel meeting.

Sundrop Farms will now start making detailed designs for the 20 hectare expansion before getting a final construction price from a selected contractor. This process is expected to take two months when the final decision on whether the development will go ahead will be made.

If the expansion does go ahead it is expected to create 200 ongoing jobs for the city and a major economic boost.

Sundrop Farms chief technology officer Reinier Wolterbeek said the provisional approval was one of the major boxes that needed to be ticked to get the expansion underway. “It’s a major milestone, we’ve worked a long time to get to this stage,” he said. We’ve worked with the .2 hectares here [inPort Augusta] for about four years…with ups and downs but we’ve achieved the yields we are after.”

Sundrop Farms uses cutting-edge solar thermal technology to desalinateseawater for irrigation and to heat and cool greenhouses.The expansion would involve the building of a 20 hectare, four greenhouse facility which will produce more than 15,000 tonnes of tomatoes a year for metropolitan markets across Australia.

Solar energy will be harnessed using a power tower which absorbs heat reflected from a field of mirrors………http://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/2484815/sundrop-farms-greenhouse-expansion-project-approved-by-council-photos/?cs=1286

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