Peninsula Chosen to Host World First Indigenous Australian Eco-Solar Farm
Pioneering Indigenous energy company, Bunjil Energy is set to build a hyper intelligent solar farm on the outskirts of Dromana. The project will deliver locally produced clean energy as well as an exciting education experience centre and climate smart agricultural showcase.
The pilot project will showcase a unique blend of clean energy production, education, regenerative agricultural micro-enterprises and carbon draw down technology.
Using the latest in sensors and data analysis tools the project will offer schools and colleges access to teaching resources around the themes of renewable energy, soil biological health, water management, Indigenous history and regenerative landscape management.
Isaac Harrison founder of Bunjil Energy said
“Our focus is to create a better Australian energy company that will promote fair prices for the local community, create positive social impact and improve environmental outcome’s for all Australians”
Bunjil Energy have teamed with local renewable energy developer Volt Farmer to create the proposed 4MW solar farm pilot site capable of powering 1000 local homes. Blockchain technology will be trialled for energy and natural capital trading on this pilot project. The local community will be offered the opportunity to invest in the project reinforcing the direct local benefits, namely cheaper power but also local ownership.
Isaac went on to say
“Renewable energy projects play an important role in creating local value and opportunity. The Volt Farmer model provides an amazing blend of advanced renewable energy production with carbon absorbing regenerative agriculture technology. As an Indigenous Australian energy company we are excited to be able to deliver a project that promotes harnessing renewable energy and repairs the landscape”
The project also creates social impact credits for local community groups which will be spent on environmental planting, subsidised electricity and education programs.
John Plumridge from nearby Dromana Industrial Association along with Nicole Nicole from Rosebud Business Estate both have lobbied to attract the pioneering project to the Peninsula.
“Local businesses are fed up being overcharged for electricity and have welcomed the opportunity to support this solar farm as it will provide access to low cost, clean and reliable energy” Said Mr Plumridge.
When installed the Volt Farmer project will provide enough clean electricity to power 1,000 local homes and would reduce carbon emissions equivalent to taking 3,000 cars offthe road or planting 15,600 trees. The project is part of a larger planned network of Volt Farmer Climate Smart Farms dotted around Victoria which will provide farmers with drought proof income and fairly priced renewable energy for the host community.
United Energy the electricity distribution utility, has been working with Melbourne technology company GreenSync and Mornington Peninsula Shire to deal with power constraints on the Peninsula with a demand management program. The solar farm network will help with additional localised electricity supply. With the additional demand being forecast for electric car charging and an ever expanding population, the inclusion of highly responsive and intelligent clean energy farms has been welcomed by United Energy.
The project is due to be installed in mid-2019 subject to Mornington Peninsula Shire approval.