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Projects undertaken by QFF seek to benefit and support Queenslands farmers across all industries.
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The Energy Savers program aims to help farmers reduce energy costs by supporting the accelerated adoption of improvements in on-farm energy use.
What is it?
Over 130 audits of on-farm systems are being conducted to identify suitable energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities. Energy Savers is funded by the State Government and delivered by Ergon Energy & QFF.
The objective of the Energy Savers program is to assist farmers reduce energy costs by supporting the accelerated adoption of improvements in on-farm energy use.
The Reef Alliance is a partnership that recognises and works with land managers to protect and maintain the intrinsic values of the Great Barrier Reef.
What is it?
The Reef Alliance is a partnership of rural industry, NRM bodies and WWF- Australia that provides a mechanism for stakeholders to lead and coordinate an adaptive program of land use practice change within the Great Barrier Reef catchments.
The Reef Alliance provides an engagement platform to ensure government policy, strategy and program delivery aligned to Reef 2050 and by doing so helps deliver an increase the total investment for the GBR catchment, industries and community.
QFF is a leader is natural disaster recovery and resilience projects, working on state and national project to assist farms reduce the impacts of and recovery from natural disaster events.
What is it?
Our natural disaster projects help land holder’s recovery from natural disasters, manage risks on farm and improve their resilience planning. By working with our industry members, governments and directly with farmers QFF is making a real difference within Queensland across Australia.
Assist farm businesses in returning to full operational capacity post natural disaster with technical advice, financial advice and emotional support services. By working with landholders, government and key stakeholders QFF aims to improve the resilience of the agricultural sectors to natural disaster events.
This Rural Jobs & Skills Alliance (RJSA) of industry members and government provides leadership and advice to government, service providers and other organisations on employment, skills, industry training and workforce planning issues on behalf of Queensland’s agriculture industries.
What is it?
The Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance (RJSA) developed from industries need to engage more with the education and training sectors and the new Queensland government’s commitment to creating and supporting jobs across Queensland.
RJSA provides strategic advice, recommendations and feedback on: agriculture workforce supply & demand, training packages relevant to Queensland, performance of strategies, programs to attract and retain skilled workers in the sector.
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Energy Savers Case Studies
Helping farmers reduce energy costs by supporting the accelerated adoption of improvements in on-farm energy
Mareeba Pawpaw farm
Mareeba Pawpaw farm
An audit recommended reducing the pump size from 45kW to 18kW to reduce water flow rate and friction head losses along with a variable speed drive due to the varying height of irrigation blocks. The farm will reduce pumping costs by nearly $3,200 per year with a payback of just over 4 years. A 15kW solar PV system will save an additional $6,000 per year with a payback of just over 3 years.
The case study provides an estimate of the costs and benefits of replacing a 36hp diesel irrigation pump two options: a mains connected 15kW pump or a 19kW pump powered by a 20kW solar array to get paybacks of 11 or 6 years respectively. The case study also compares the cost for a new pump of a 7.5kW mains connected pump and a 9.5kW pump powered by a 10kW solar array, to find a payback period of less than 1 year. The farmer would save over $77,000 on pumping costs over 10 years by installing solar pumping in both applications.
An audit of a Mundubbera Citrus farm recommended fitting variable speed drives to pumps, and a 30kW solar PV system. The farmer has implemented the findings, reducing the pump size as well, and adding over 80kW of Solar PV to save over $41,000 per year in electricity costs.
Are you an Ergon Energy customer on an expiring Agricultural Tariff (Tariff 62, Tariff 65, Tariff 66)? Ergon Energy are looking for participants to join an Agricultural Tariff Trial. Growers can apply to join one of three trial groups to either trial an alternative tariff, or stay on their existing tariff and receive a free digital electricity meter (normally worth up to $600) that records energy consumption and demand in 30 minute intervals. All participants will receive consumption reports and detailed tariff analysis to help them transition to the most suitable tariff option in the future. Applications close 2nd May – click here for more info: ow.ly/flxD30b6n4x
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