NSW Farmers (NSWFA), in conjunction with Regional Development Australia (RDA) Riverina and Murray, has a useful, detailed checklist for anyone considering installing a grid-connected solar PV or hybrid solar-diesel pumping system.
Solar-PV-powered pumping systems use solar energy when the sun is shining, and can be coupled with grid-connected or diesel-generated power at other times to ensure reliable, cost-effective power for the duration of the pumping season.
Significant energy savings can be made if one of these solutions is adopted. But before investing in a solar-PV or hybrid solar-diesel-powered pumping system, it’s smart to do your homework.
Two new checklists, devised by NSW Farmers and various experts in the field, help to ensure you’ve ticked all the important boxes before opening your wallet.
The checklists build on the resources for irrigation and stock and domestic solutions previously developed by NSWFA in collaboration with the NSW government as part of the Solar Powered Pumping Initiative.
NSW Farmers advises that irrigators and installers use the new checklists as a reference “to ensure you’ve done the basic groundwork, checked warranties, asked the right questions, and can compare quotes from solar pumping businesses on a like for like basis”.
Download the checklists now
For more information on solar pumping in agriculture, visit the Solar Powered Pumping Initiative project page on AgInnovators.