Australia’s largest glasshouse is being constructed at Fullerton Cove in the Hunter Valley.
It was originally planned to power the project with coal seam gas but now it will be run solely on clean energy.
Dutch investor, Cor Disselkoen, who is developing the project said that “We don’t get any natural gas or coal to fire or heat, we don’t use any electricity from coal fired electricity mains. We catch the rainfall, which falls on our roof, which is enough for us to grow our plants. It’s the most efficient way, but environmentally the best way to do in the future.”
Mr Disselkoen has developed glasshouses throughout the Netherlands and has brought in materials and labour for this project.
When complete, the glasshouse will cover more than 16 hectares and will produce 15,000 tonnes of tomatoes, cucumbers and capsicums a year.