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Insights provided by fuel and electricity monitoring drive energy plans for sheep farm near Conargo

Insights provided by fuel and electricity monitoring drive energy plans for sheep farm near Conargo

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.
NSW Farmers, Published 11th Sep 2015
Upgrading energy systems delivers cost savings for Wagga Wagga mixed-farming operation

Upgrading energy systems delivers cost savings for Wagga Wagga mixed-farming operation

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.
NSW Farmers, Published 11th Sep 2015
Switching off the grid and switching on to solar delivers big returns for an artesian trust bore near Moree

Switching off the grid and switching on to solar delivers big returns for an artesian trust bore near Moree

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."
NSW Farmers, Published 11th Sep 2015
 Reduce the speed, reduce the cost: variable speed drives on pumping systems lead irrigation efficiency measures for Gunnedah cropping enterprise

Reduce the speed, reduce the cost: variable speed drives on pumping systems lead irrigation efficiency measures for Gunnedah cropping enterprise

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.
NSW Farmers, Published 11th Sep 2015
Electricity or diesel for irrigation pumping the key energy consideration at a mixed-farm enterprise

Electricity or diesel for irrigation pumping the key energy consideration at a mixed-farm enterprise

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.
NSW Farmers, Published 1st Sep 2015
Backyard ingenuity reduces energy costs in Griffith

Backyard ingenuity reduces energy costs in Griffith

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.
Published 8th Dec 2014
Low cost energy opportunities deliver over $20k of energy savings for mixed cropping farm in Northern NSW

Low cost energy opportunities deliver over $20k of energy savings for mixed cropping farm in Northern NSW

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...
AgInnovators, Published 19th Nov 2014
Energy savings in the Watercourse

Energy savings in the Watercourse

“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.”
Published 17th Nov 2014
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