$3m annual power bill savings on farm
QUEENSLAND farmers are seeing their on-farm electricity use and energy bills reduced as a result of the Queensland Government-funded Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and Ergon Energy, Energy Savers Program.
More than 60% of the 130 farms participating in the QFF Energy Savers Program have implemented or plan to implement part of the $3 million of annual energy cost savings identified in the energy efficiency audits across different industries.
This includes 50 farms implementing energy efficiency projects and another 32 that are planning to in the near future.
QFF president Stuart Armitage said despite the evident structural challenges with energy affordability in Queensland, farmers were not waiting around on the promise of eventual price relief.
“Farmers are implementing projects to improve and upgrade irrigation, refrigeration, lighting and installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems,” Mr Armitage said.
“The biggest uptake has been by irrigators improving pumping systems. Crop requirements, climatic conditions, water licensing and irrigation channel conditions mean they don’t have the luxury of deciding when they pump water.
“A recent survey of program participants found that over 90% of respondents felt that Energy Savers has raised awareness of on-farm energy management.
“Most encouraging too has been feedback from energy efficiency suppliers that farmers are approaching them for improvements based on the case studies and information provided through the program.”
The Energy Savers program has developed and published 45 case studies, including five videos covering agricultural industries throughout Queensland all available on the Energy Savers website. These case studies have been presented throughout the state.
“As more farmers have time to properly consider the recommendations on their unique business situations the expected level of savings should increase,” Mr Armitage said.