Delacombe's Springhill builds on big future

DELACOMBE’S Springhill Farm has secured a more sustainable future after it received $55,490 under the federal government’s Clean Technology Investment Programs.

The farm is currently working on new projects which are expected to reduce its site-wide carbon emissions intensity by 55 per cent.

In the next three years, Springhill Farm plans to update its existing ovens from electricity to natural gas, upgrade and refit its lighting to be more energy efficient and install a solar PV system.

Springhill Farm general manager James Whatley said the funds would not only help with the farm’s short-term projects, but also in the long-term.

“It’s definitely exciting and is something that will help us to expand on our production,” Mr Whatley said.

“The idea is to reduce our energy bills over the long-term and obviously reduce our environmental footprint.”

Springhill Farm produces and distributes individually wrapped slices, biscuits, rocky road and gluten-free bread mixes.

The farm’s projects are set to cost a total of about $110, 980, half of which will be reimbursed by the government grant.

Ballarat MP Catherine King said Springhill Farm would be saving around $15,000 a year on its power bills.

“The funding will help reduce its power bill and carbon pollution by reducing the energy intensity of its operations by 25 per cent,” Ms King said.

“These changes are exactly the sort of practical improvements that the Clean Technology Investment Programs were designed to support.”