Tomato-growing power plant could bring jobs to Dallas

Tomato-growing power plant could bring jobs to Dallas

A proposed $60 million gas-fired electricity plant that would also grow fresh tomatoes and cucumbers could bring 120 permanent jobs to Dallas.

Dubbed the Willamette Green Innovation Center, the project meets the definition of a co-generation plant, a facility that at once produces two types of usable energy simultaneously — in this case electricity and heat. As proposed, it would burn natural gas to produce electricity for the grid while capturing waste heat and CO2 to benefit the onsite hydroponic greenhouse.

Matt Bergeron, a development partner on the project, expects the facility to create 120 permanent jobs in the Polk County town just west of Salem, with most located in the greenhouse operation. The team is currently waiting on a potential European investor to complete a due diligence process before securing the $60M needed to move forward.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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