DROMANA CLIMATE SMART FARM

WE BELIEVE IN CREATING A BETTER TOMORROW BY TAKING REGENERATIVE ACTION TODAY. 

Our projects combine clean energy production, regenerative agriculture, farm diversification, micro-enterprises, educational sharing as well as creating high positive social impact.

At Dromana, Victoria, Australia, we have designed a Climate Smart Farm containing a 4.85MW solar farm, soil health renovation project, productive planting, pollinator friendly habitat, controlled environment growing sheds, streaming educational data and Indigenous promotion.

As a team of regenerative project developers we hear from Australian farmers struggling in drought conditions, school children concerned about climate change  and businesses facing spiralling electricity costs every day. Our projects supply drought proof income, climate change action and fairily priced electricity for businesses along with shared value opportunites for host communites. 

PROJECT COMPONENTS

RENEWABLE ENERGY FARM

Our proposed 4.85MWp solar farm is expected to generate 6,100,000kWH of clean local energy every year. The solar farm will be managed by grazing sheep.

SOIL HEALTH PROGRAM

By sourcing your discounted clean energy from a Volt Farmer project you can provide direct support for Australian farmers via our ‘Turning Electricity into Healthy Soil Program’

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Providing opportunites for learning onsite and via our online portal visitor’s will be abe to broaden their understanding with interactive data streams and hands on experiences.

INDIGENOUS CULTURE

Bush tucker, interpretive interactive displays and a virtual fly round from an eagle’s perspective aim to give this project a unique and opportunity to broaden cultural awareness.

SOCIAL IMPACT

Host communites and community groups gain opportunies to access our ‘Social Impact Credits’ which can be spent on local projects.

PRODUCTIVE FARM

Using fruiting trees and shrubs to boost the solar farm’s agricultural productivity as well as shared local value.

LIVING LANDSCAPE

‘Trees that Tweet’ and a natural capital enhancement program on site and with the local community. Live data streams to show how the wildlife is doing and what effect the changing climate is having at a local level.

MICRO-ENTERPRISES

Using cheap clean energy from the solar farm Volt Farmer provides a range of agricultural micro-enterprises on and off site.

OUR SHARED VISION

Volt Farmer collaborates with partners from the renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, Indigenous Australian, natural capital and education sectors to develop projects with direct local benefit and global impact.

We believe in offering practical opportunities to positively address climate change as well as economic and social improvements for the host community.

Volt Farmer strives to inspire confidence and real world action for a clean and equitable future.

PROJECT TIMELINE

FEASIBILITY

Q3 2018 – Q2 2019

The technical and financial modelling of the project 

CONSULTATION

Q3 2018 – Q4 2019

Raising local support from the community, stakeholders and project collaborators

APPROVALS

UNDER ASSESSMENT

United Energy are helping us design and make sure our project is optimised so that it can connect to the network. Mornington Peninsula Shire are assessing our planning permission application for our clean energy farm.

INSTALLATION

Q4 2019 – Q2 2020

The proposed Belectric PEG solar racking system is a low environmental impact solution that uses steel rods and no concrete footings.
Installation is expected to take approximately 15 weeks with local labour.

ENERGISATION

Q2 2020

Connecting to the grid and exporting clean and cheap electricity!

How to Benefit

If you are a large energy user who would like to start a discussion about contracting the discounted clean electricity from our Dromana Clean Energy Farm via a predictable rate corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) then please contact stephen@voltfarmer.com.au

This project is currently offering corporate power purchase agreements with the added bonus of a highly visible social corporate responsibility package including schools engagement, ongoing project visitors, Indigenous Australian support, carbon draw down projects and local social impact credits as well as carbon emission certificates (LGCs)

PLUG & PLAY GREEN ELECTRICITY

PACKAGED CARBON NEUTRALITY

SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

BUY DIRECTLY FROM OUR REGENERATIVE SOLAR FARM

We are building a portfolio of small scale solar farms with high positive social and environmental impact.
If you have a parcel of land at your business or a large commercail roof we can install your very own solar farm for zero capital upfront.

Simply agree to buy the cheap, clean power and enjoy being a Climate Action Partner.

YOU GET THE POWER VIA THE EXISTING GRID

All forms of off site electricity generation use the existing grid to transmit the power from the source to your business. If you host a solar farm you can save on the distribution charge. If you don’t have a rooftop or land then by connecting directly into our solar farm you are getting access to locally made clean electrcity that keeps more of the value in the local community.

YOUR BUSINESS SAVES MONEY & THE ENVIRONMENT

Create certaintity by contracting to buy your clean cheap electricity from one of our solar farms or a solar system on your roof.
Imagine being able to agree what your electricity is going to cost for the next 10 years so you can focus on running your business.

We also create carbon neutrality packages for businesses with clean electricity, carbon farming certitifcates and tree planting.

Get To Demonstrate Responsible Leadership

If you want to demonstrate responsible climate adaptation leadership then the Volt Farmer projects offer you the fastest and most direct way of taking action. Simply by procuring your discounted clean energy from one of our projects you are saving money, saving the plant and saving the future. 

  • Discounted Clean Electricity
  • Schools Engagement Program
  • Natural Capital Program
  • Farm Diversification & Drought Proofing
  • ‘Turning Electricity into Healthy Soil’
  • First Nation cultural and economic engagement
  • Local shared economic opportunites

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Site Selection

With strong electrical feeder overhead cables along the boundary of the selected site as well as close proximity to the Collins Road Sub-Station the location was positively assessed by United Energy. The paddock is flat with no sensitive flora or fauna as it has been used historically for beef grazing. Mature existing site screening along Collins Road will make the project practically invisible in the overall landscape context and with the additional fruit tree boundary screening the project will continue the food production capacity of the rural site.

The Dromana farm is part of our ‘Climate Smart Farm Project’ initiative which aims to provide rural communities with farm diversification opportunities as well as educational benefits in sustainable agriculture, water management, bio-diversity, natural capital and Indigenous cultural engagement.

Being close to Melbourne and easy to get to the Dromana project is one of our key sites to promote a regenerative management model.

Generated Power
The predicted power from the Dromana project is 6,100,000kWh/year. An average Victorian homes uses 5,475kWh/year (15kWh/day) so this one little farm can power 1200+ homes

Carbon Emission Reduction
6,100 tons of carbon emission reduction/year contributing to a cleaner air future.

Technology
To keep the footprint of the solar farm as compact as possible we have opted for a low impact racking solution from Belectric called the PEG system. This uses lightweight galvanised steel rods and brackets to hold the solar panels in place. With over 12,000 solar panels covering about 2.25 hectares the project makes very efficient use of a small paddock. The panels are non-reflective and also set at a very shallow and fixed angle removing any risk of glint or glare.

Energy Storage
Our project has been specifically designed with a big plug for a utility scale battery. Battery technology and energy storage systems are developing quickly.

Volt Farmer aims to create projects that produce shared local value with access to clean cheap electricity, regenerative agriculture & horticulture as well as partnerships with stakeholders from the host community.

We also believe in creating opportunites for the local community to collaborate in new and exciting ways.

We chose a unique PV racking system with an exceptional light touch on the landscape. It uses ground anchor rods with no concrete so it can be easily removed. The solar panels sit about 1M off the ground facing East-West and are fixed in position. Absorbing as much of the sunlight as possible the matt surfaced solar panels will provide power for the widest range of the day possible due to their orientation. Using this PV racking system reduces the solar farm’s footprint whilst optimises the clean power capacity of the small paddock.

The solar farm is screened by existing bushland scrub along Collins Road as well as around the perimeter by our proposed fruiting tree screen.

As a regenerative development the project also incorporates onsite sustainable agricultural activities including apple, pear and other fruiting plants. We also intend trialling some hyper efficient climate controlled growing rooms powered by the clean energy. These growing rooms provide micro-enterprise opportunities for leafy greens, mushrooms and a protein farm.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL PROMOTION

The project intends to employ some small scale mixed farm enterprises to boost agricultural productivity and soil health
as well as cutting edge agricultural technology from our project collaborators. 

ONSITE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT HORTICULTURAL GROWING SHEDS

Providing ideal growing conditions 365 days a year powered by renewable energy

EQUIVALENT CAR REDUCTION

Equivalent to reducing 3,000 cars worth of emissions

EQUIVALENT TREE PLANTING

This project is equivalent to planting 15,600 new trees

CARBON EMISSION REDUCTION

6,100 tons of annual carbon emission reduction

CLEAN ENERGY PRODUCTION

Approximately 6,1000,000 kWh of annual clean power production

LAND HEALTH

Open season for the spreading of regenerative agriculure and healthy soils

LOCAL SHARED VALUE

Cheap clean electricity, education, enterprise, environment and opportunity

The Story So Far

There is a groundswell of people and businesses looking to take direct action in reducing their carbon footprint as well as reducing their energy costs. Volt Farmer is a regenerative land developer with a passion for shared value projects. We develop land parcels in a way that creates a long term drought proof revenue for farmers whilst boosting opportunities for rural economic growth.

The Mornington Peninsula is one of the most attractive places to live anywhere in the World. Volt Farmer has taken considerable care to design a solar farm project that will integrate into the landscape and one that will increase the agricultural yield of the chosen paddock.

Educational Benefits

The Dromana project will provide a rich source of educational resource material from the renewable energy farm, natural capital including live streams, regenerative farming and Indigenous story telling.

Educational Value Creation

  • Live energy data from the solar farm and an online portal based around energy
  • Live camera dreams showing the local wildlife
  • Trees that Tweet – Using the latest in sensors we are going to trial some environmental software to raise awareness of how nature is reacting to the changing climate
  • Online portal providing educational resources on a range of subjects
  • On site visit opportunities for field trips to experience soil health tests, and to see how the latest in digital scanning and data collection can provide clarity for decision making.
  • Virtual Reality – Working with our partners Ignition Immersive Volt Farmer is developing a series of virtual learning experiences. These VR experiences will help connect visitors to the broader landscape context as they fly over the farm, bushland and local scenery as if from the viewpoint of an eagle. As the eagle returns to the farm it morphs into a high tech drone scanning the landscape for bio-metric data. Other presentations will be target to specific audiences and students around the subject of water management, drought mitigation, regenerative agriculture and Indigenous story telling.

Turning Electricity into Healthy Soil

As regenerative developers we are on a mission to help provide interested farmers with the training, technology and management tools to create long term landscape benefits.

Volt Farmer invests in organising training courses for the host agricultural community. Creating healthy soils, drought resilience and creating carbon credits via regenerative farming practices has now been recognised as a valuable and climate adaption choice.

Volt Farmer works with some of the leading regenerative farming trainers as well as technology partners to provide practical steps for a more sustainable and secure food future.

Promoting precision regenerative agriculture using the latest tools and techniques so farmers can prosper in a changing climate.

SOIL HEALTH

WATER MANAGEMENT

REGENERATIVE CROPS

MACHINERY TECHNOLOGY

DATA INSIGHTS

NATURAL CAPITAL

Soil Health Project

At Dromana we have taken extensive baseline measurements to establish the existing conditions and opportunities of the grazing paddocks.
Using pasture cropping implemented by SoilKee the paddocks will be planted with a diverse range of perennial and annual fodder plants including, tillage radish, barley, peas and cornflour.
The cattle graze this mixed fodder and through their natural fertiliser process the material is then returned to the soil surface in the form of dung and urine.
Based on field trails the SoilKee system accelerates carbon sequestration, soil health and dry matter levels to remarkable levels. This leaves the pasture in a drought resilient and highly productive state with a severing of dependancy of artificial fertilisers.
The SoilKee system achieve the World-First soil carbon credits in accordance with the Paris Agreement and Australian Emission Reduction Fund in 2019.

CARBON DRAW-DOWN PROJECT

Using atmospheric carbon as a fuel for soil fertility, drought resilience and productivity as well as re-balanancing our air

Indigenous Australian Cultural Engagement

Telling the stories and lessons from the perspective of the indigenous custodians of the land who have for thousands of years thrived in Australia’s unique climate. Working directly with the local mob The Bunurong Land Council, a series of interactive and hands on experiences will be modelled to broaden understanding of the rich cultural heritage as well as providing opportunities for a shared future.

First Nations Promotion

  • Indigenous story telling platform
  • Bush tucker and native plants on site
  • Economic opportunities for the Indigenous community

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this beautiful country where we leave our footprints everyday of our lives, and with great respect to our forefathers and mothers, both past and present, of the land in which I work and live.

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CLIMATE SMART FARM PROJECT SITES

Dromana

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PROJECT SUPPORTERS

Supporting local action on climate change, sustainable economic development, environmental investment, educational sharing and social impact opportunities

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