ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The first hydroponic greenhouse in Texas, dedicated to growing local, pesticide-free and non-GMO greens and herbs, is coming to Abilene soon.
The Development Corporation of Abilene is partnering with BrightFarms to create the $17 million, 180,000 square foot greenhouse at the Access Business Park near the Abilene Regional Airport at the intersection of Hwy 36 and FM 18.
A press release on the greenhouse states, “the company’s sustainable growing methods use 80 percent less water, 90 percent less land and 95 percent less shipping fuel than conventional agriculture.”
Within the first year, the BrightFarms greenhouse is expected to create 30 jobs and is projected to have $23.1 million in direct economic output in Abilene over the next 10 years.
“Spin-off businesses in the community will produce $12.9 million in economic output in this same time frame, as a result of local operations. In total, the company will support $36 million in new economic output over this time,” according to the press release.
The DCOA has agreed to fund 10% of the project’s investment up to $1,700,000, and they have also donated 21 acres in the business park to allow for the greenhouse’s construction.
Abilene city council members approved this project, initially dubbed project ladybug, last month.