Oklahoma State University has leased space to a new storage facility that plans to use solar energy to store and feed up to 1,000 different vegetables.
The University of Oklahoma announced Thursday that it has purchased land in Oklahoma City from Oklahoma City-based Venera Energy and is planning to build a 1,200-space facility on the site of a former chemical plant.
The facility will be able to store as many as 10,000 vegetable species at a time, said Tom Dickson, the university’s director of agriculture.
The new storage site will be capable of storing as many vegetables as possible.
Dickson said the new facility will make it easier for the university to access surplus vegetable stocks.
“We are using the opportunity here to bring in additional surplus vegetable and produce,” he said.
“We can get our surplus in the form of produce and vegetable storage.”
The university is the second state to sign on to the Veneras contract to store the company’s vegetables.
The company was the first company to sign a contract in Oklahoma to manage the vegetable storage, which has a capacity of 10,800, according to Venerabooks website.
The company is headquartered in Oklahoma city and currently operates a plant in Oklahoma and a new facility in Texas.
The facility is expected to be completed in 2019.
The university also has been buying vegetables from the company.
The Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a statement Thursday that the new space will help provide the university with more vegetable storage capacity.
“The university can purchase additional vegetables in storage and import them directly to the university, saving the university time and money,” it said.