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Approximately 40% potential energy savings were discovered from on-site generation using a combination of solar and wind. But how will the business case stack up? Monitoring and understanding energy usage provides the key.
Bulls Run Manager Scott Hughes is investigating the potential for swapping out diesel pumps for electric to irrigate selected paddocks on his 7,497-hectare lamb and cropping operation to save energy costs and water use.
Because there is no local source of water on or adjacent to the property, Garah owner and manager Bill Yates became a member of a community trust that owns and operates a large bore pump in the local area. The trust consists of 43 members, all of whom draw water from the bore. Bill is now a director of the trust. The NSW Farmers Energy Innovation program has triggered a discussion among Bill and his neighbours about what they should do after the solar feed-in tariff ends in December 2016."
Working with the NSW Farmers’ Energy Team, the Kensal Green farm in Gunnedah identified significant energy savings opportunities over the short, medium and longer term. Heading the list of opportunities was the use of variable speed drives (VSDs) on pumps, as well as proper ballasting of the farm’s new tractor.
Killeneen is a 2,700-acre cropping and cattle property north-west of Albury, New South Wales, with 60% of the land dedicated to cropping and 40% to stock. Crops grown here include winter cereals such as canola and summer irrigated crops including lucerne, corn and beans. The farm’s energy costs are dominated by that of diesel fuel for bulk water pumping. Killeneen owner-manager Derek Schoen is keen to electrify his irrigation system. He engaged with the farm energy innovation program to explore the options for and potential efficiency gains from doing so.
Biomass is a fuel source that could replace diesel for farmers prepared to make the investment but the technology is not readily accessible. At Gum Creek the use of biomass is under investigation and with over $200,000 in pumping costs the incentive to innovate is strong for third generation farmer Ian Blight.
The Windella farming operation requires around 450,000 litres p.a. of diesel fuel for sowing, harvesting, trucking/transport and pumping. The farm owns five tractors, and operates four pumps (three diesel and one electric). Water for irrigation and on-farm use is taken either from a nearby river or pumped out of a bore...
“Up until NSW Farmers visited our farm for their energy innovation program we had been focused on solar as a technology to reduce our energy bills. The subject of tyre set up and driving technique came up and we realised that our attention to these basics had been relaxed over the last 2 years or so and with a little effort and no cash upfront we could save almost $4,000 a year compared with about $500 a year from solar.”