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Interested in their options after the solar feed-in tariff ends in December 2016, the Jarretts explored the potential of investing in solar PV battery storage, electrification of its farm vehicles, a new, energy-efficient coolroom and integrated solar pumping options to reduce energy costs and help build a 'sustainable' brand image.
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.
Many farmers would like to integrate solar power into the running of their irrigation systems; however, variable seasonal loads often make solar PV non-viable. The good news is that NSW Farmers’ Energy Innovation program has identified a solution that offsets grid power peak tariffs with on-site solar. In trialling this solution, Joe D’Anastasi of Glenorie Hydroponics has proven an ideal candidate, improving his farm’s bottom line at a time when he’s looking to expand."
The Jarretts are interested in their options after the solar feed in tariff ends in December 2016 with potential to invest in battery storage or electrification of farm vehicles to help build a sustainable brand image. Other initiatives include a review of the energy efficient design options for a new cool room as part of their business expansion and integrated solar pumping options to reduce irrigation energy costs.
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.
Water, sunlight and clever farm practices will strip out 10% of the energy costs for this small farm just south of Byron Bay. Otto and Lynette Saeck have been improving their business continually over the past 10 years. Their next opportunity is to optimise water application and pumping schedules and exploit the sunshine available using solar PV-generated power to reduce their grid-delivered electricity use dramatically. Other initiatives they’re considering include installing high-efficiency motors (HEMs) and variable speed drives (VSDs).
For Australia’s largest protected-crop tomato grower, Costa’s Blush® Tomatoes in Guyra, the beauty of the business is that it’s as sustainable as it is profitable. And the tomatoes, say consumers, taste great.
Tamburlaine Organic Wines ’ Hunter Valley operation at Pokolbin streamlined its power use post-OEH energy audit, cutting electricity consumption by more than half, reducing carbon...