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Sunshine delivers energy productivity for blueberry farm in NSW’s Northern Rivers region

Sunshine delivers energy productivity for blueberry farm in NSW’s Northern Rivers region

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).
NSW Farmers, Published 19th May 2015
Solar PV delivers a 10-20% reduction in energy costs to Northern Rivers piggery

Solar PV delivers a 10-20% reduction in energy costs to Northern Rivers piggery

The Drews are investigating a solar PV system for their homestead and their piggery to deliver power for lighting, feed augers and heat lamps for the piglets. “We are keen to reduce our dependency on the grid and save on running costs so that we have a prosperous future,” says Nick Drew, a fourth-generation pig farmer. Other energy-saving initiatives Nick is implementing or considering include installing more efficient heat lamps in the nursery and switching the mill over from a PTO off the back of an old 30hp Massey Ferguson tractor, to 21 and 6hp electric motors for the hammer mill and the mixer. The current set-up incurs significant losses, with a five-metre belt drive and limited capacity to vary motor speed to suit the load.
NSW Farmers, Published 27th Apr 2015
State-of-the-art egg producer finds new energy savings opportunity in sheds

State-of-the-art egg producer finds new energy savings opportunity in sheds

The Glenwarrie Partnership near Tamworth recently invested in a state-of-the-art caged egg-laying system with packing machines and highly efficient automated feed and watering systems- however, a significant cost savings opportunity was missed...
NSW Farmers, Published 13th Apr 2015
Pick of the Week: savvy tomato grower covers his crop

Pick of the Week: savvy tomato grower covers his crop

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.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 29th Mar 2015
Australia’s biggest organic winery halves power bill

Australia’s biggest organic winery halves power bill

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...
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 23rd Mar 2015
Aerators and water quality are the focus of energy savings for a Central Coast yabby farmer

Aerators and water quality are the focus of energy savings for a Central Coast yabby farmer

Aerators and water quality are the focus for energy savings in aquaculture for a central coast yabby farmer...
NSW Farmers, NSW Farmers, Published 17th Feb 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
Dryland farming and energy savings on a communal bore

Dryland farming and energy savings on a communal bore

Bill Yates is a dryland farmer who crops north of Moree, near the Queensland border. 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. A visit from the NSW Farmers energy innovation team helped Bill to evaluate opportunities for energy efficiency on his property, and helped him answer questions about the viability of solar, both for his homestead and the communal bore pump.
AgInnovators, Published 18th 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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