Case Studies

24 results for Case Study and Farm Energy Innovation Program (EEIG)
Boosting energy efficiency at a Central Tableland vineyard

Boosting energy efficiency at a Central Tableland vineyard

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.
NSW Farmers, Published 19th Apr 2016
Solar + energy storage key to savings for Central West feedlot

Solar + energy storage key to savings for Central West feedlot

Gundamain Feedlot has identified an opportunity to combine battery storage with solar PV to maximise the savings it makes from solar.
NSW Farmers, Published 3rd Feb 2016
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
Solar proves a winner, delivering real savings to chicken growers

Solar proves a winner, delivering real savings to chicken growers

Poultry farmers run sophisticated sheds that automatically regulate temperature, air quality and light conditions. This can require a lot of power, especially during heat spells. Solar PV systems provide great value for chicken growers, as they maximise energy savings during hot and sunny days.
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
Heat, light and waste are the key areas of energy savings for a small poultry facility

Heat, light and waste are the key areas of energy savings for a small poultry facility

With LPG around 20 to 30 percent more expensive than natural gas and the cost of LPG expected to increase over the next few years, gas-dependent poultry farmers are looking for alternatives to LPG so as to remain competitive in a growing sector. Along with exploring alternatives to costly LPG, the owners of Stratheden Glen poultry farm are implementing or considering initiatives including a lighting upgrade that will result in significant energy savings, voltage optimisation to improve the power delivered to site, and solar power for the main pump that supplies drinking water to the chickens and water for the evaporative coolers.
NSW Farmers, Published 1st Sep 2015
Boosting coolroom efficiency with VSDs, electrifying spraying operations and investing in solar could bring energy savings of 40% to Northern Rivers fruit farm

Boosting coolroom efficiency with VSDs, electrifying spraying operations and investing in solar could bring energy savings of 40% to Northern Rivers fruit farm

Fruits of Byron is an early-to-market fruit grower for the Brisbane and Melbourne markets that may also be an early adopter of energy storage technology. “I am weighing up tried and proven solar PV to charge an electric ute,” says Mark Napper, CEO of Fruits of Byron, a boutique grower of custard apples and peaches. Other initiatives Mark’s taking include reviewing pumping options to reduce his irrigation energy costs, and energy-efficient design options for a new coolroom as part of his business expansion plans.
NSW Farmers, Published 31st Aug 2015

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