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Wide Bay Burnett

Queensland Sugar Cane & Small Crop Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Queensland Sugar Cane & Small Crop Farm

A recent energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included the installation of VFD at pump one and two, and the installation of a solar system at pump one.

Proposed
41
Energy Savings
64.1
Savings
12,689
Wide Bay Burnett

Queensland Sugar Cane & Sweet Potato Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Queensland Sugar Cane & Sweet Potato Farm

A recent energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included the installation of VFD at pump one and two, replace the travelling gun irrigation system with a lateral move, and conversion to Tariff 33 at all pumps.

Proposed
60
Energy Savings
43.8
Savings
86,323
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane

A sugarcane farming enterprise located in the Bundaberg region, that also grows soybean, fodder and corn as rotational cropping, could benefit from a recent Energy Savers Audit. The recommendations explored in the audit included the installation of VSD at pump one and two, and the installation of Solar PV at pump two.

Proposed
48
Energy Savings
38.2
Savings
19,171
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane & Macadamia Nut Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane & Macadamia Nut Farm

A recent energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included the replacement of pump, motor and installation of VFD at pump one, installation of Solar PV at pump one, and conversion to Tariff 33 at all pumps.

Proposed
56
Energy Savings
27.3
Savings
20,884
Wide Bay Burnett

Moore Sugar Cane Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Moore Sugar Cane Farm

A recent energy audit showed how improving the current pumping system conformed by five pumps can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included the installation of VFD to pumps one, two, three and five, as well as conversion to Tariff 33 at pumps two, three, and five.

Proposed
25
Energy Savings
84.1
Savings
38,829
Wide Bay Burnett

Gin Gin Sugar Cane Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Gin Gin Sugar Cane Farm

The current irrigation system is run by two pump sites on two separate farms in Gin Gin. A recent energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included installing a Variable Speed Drive (VSD) to pump one, installing a centre pivot irrigator at pump site two and change to tariff 33.

Proposed
34
Energy Savings
21.6
Savings
39,712
Wide Bay Burnett

Gin Gin Sugar Cane Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Gin Gin Sugar Cane Farm

A recent energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included install a centre pivot irrigator at pump one, install Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) to pump two and take back some irrigation load from pump three.

Proposed
27
Energy Savings
17.5
Savings
26,014
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane Farm

A recent energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included install a 30kW solar PV system to the existing pumping system.

Proposed
101
Energy Savings
28.4
Savings
6,835
Wide Bay Burnett

Moore Sugar Cane Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Moore Sugar Cane Farm

A recent energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendation explored in the audit included the replacement of pump, motor and installation of a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) at the main pump.

Proposed
48
Energy Savings
30.1
Savings
10,156
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Horticulture Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Horticulture Farm

An energy audit showed how improving the current irrigation system can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendation explored in the audit included install Variable Speed Drive on the irrigation pump to modulate pressure automatically at 200 kPa at the irrigation valve stations.

Proposed
24
Energy Savings
100
Savings
19,681
Darling Downs

Pittsworth Egg Farm

Darling Downs

Pittsworth Egg Farm

An energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included replace ventilation fans, upgrade refrigeration plant, control system improvements as well as install a solar PV system.

Proposed
29
Energy Savings
2,837
Savings
817,745
Queensland

Queensland Poultry Farms

Queensland

Queensland Poultry Farms

This case study highlights the outcomes of energy audits on two Poultry farms taking part in the Energy Savers Program.

Proposed
37
Energy Savings
207
Savings
53,223
South East

Brisbane Chicken Farm

South East

Brisbane Chicken Farm

An energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included change the current electricity tariff and install a solar PV system.

Proposed
24
Energy Savings
35
Savings
11,200
Atherton Tablelands

Atherton Chicken Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Atherton Chicken Farm

An energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included replace ventilation fans and install a solar PV system.

Proposed
20
Energy Savings
45
Savings
15,500
Wide Bay Burnett

Fraser Egg Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Fraser Egg Farm

An energy audit showed how installing solar systems can lead to energy and cost savings.

Proposed
29
Energy Savings
36
Savings
11,440
Queensland

Queensland Piggery Farms

Queensland

Queensland Piggery Farms

This case study summarises the outcomes from audits conducted on 2 Queensland Piggeries taking part in the Energy Savers Program.

Proposed
106
Energy Savings
448
Savings
86,464
Queensland

Queensland Horticulture Farms

Queensland

Queensland Horticulture Farms

This case study summarises the outcomes from audits conducted on 41 Queensland Horticulture farms.

Proposed
38
Energy Savings
1,644
Savings
526,361
Queensland

Queensland Beef and Cattle Farms

Queensland

Queensland Beef and Cattle Farms

This case study summarises the outcomes from audits conducted on 6 Queensland Beef Cattle farms taking part in the in the Energy Savers Program.

Proposed
67
Energy Savings
145
Savings
48,191
Queensland

Queensland Cane Farms

Queensland

Queensland Cane Farms

This case study highlights the outcomes of energy audits on 52 Sugar Cane farms taking part in the Energy Savers program.

Proposed
50
Energy Savings
2,361
Savings
1,090,617
Dry Tropics

Townsville Egg Farm

Dry Tropics

Townsville Egg Farm

A recent energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included tariff restructure, replace ventilation fans, install control system in air conditioning, upgrade refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

Proposed
11
Energy Savings
115
Savings
43,720
Dry Tropics

Ayr Horticulture Farm

Dry Tropics

Ayr Horticulture Farm

A recent energy audit showed how improving the current irrigation system can lead to energy and cost savings. The recommendations explored in the audit included refurbishment of 4 irrigation pumps and install Variable Speed Control in 5 pivot pumps.

Proposed
25
Energy Savings
249
Savings
82,194
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Horticulture Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Horticulture Farm

Of the energy-saving opportunities evaluated, three initiatives were identified with potential energy savings of 38%, a combined payback period of 8.4 years and carbon savings of 37 tCO2-e per year.

Proposed
38
Energy Savings
37
Savings
13,700
Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Horticulture Farm

Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Horticulture Farm

Of the energy-saving opportunities evaluated, two initiatives were identified with potential energy savings of 17%, a combined payback period of 2.6 years and carbon savings of 7.4 tCO2-e per year.

Proposed
17
Energy Savings
7.4
Savings
4,563
Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Horticulture Farm

Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Horticulture Farm

Of the energy-saving opportunities evaluated, four initiatives were identified with potential energy savings of 10%, a combined payback period of 2.8 years and carbon savings of 79 tCO2-e per year.

Proposed
10
Energy Savings
79
Savings
32,151
South East

Sunshine Coast Chicken Farm

South East

Sunshine Coast Chicken Farm

This case study summarises the outcomes from an audit conducted on a poultry farm with an energy consumption of 387,000 kWh at an annual cost of $85,000. Energy savings from the solar PV solution implemented have been estimated to be 32% and cost savings around 14%.

Proposed
32
Energy Savings
116
Savings
11,977
Queensland

All Energy Savers Plus Farms

Queensland

All Energy Savers Plus Farms

This case study summarises the outcomes from audits conducted on all 180 Queensland farms in the Energy Savers Plus Program (ESPPE).

Proposed
40
Energy Savings
6,862
Savings
2,817,342
Queensland

Queensland Turf, Sheep and Pasture Farms

Queensland

Queensland Turf, Sheep and Pasture Farms

This case study summarises the outcomes from audits conducted on 10 Queensland turf, sheep and pasture farms taking part in the Energy Savers Program.

Proposed
36
Energy Savings
233
Savings
143,419
Queenland

Queensland Grains and Feedlot Farms

Queenland

Queensland Grains and Feedlot Farms

This case study summarises the outcomes from audits conducted on 5 Queensland Grains and Feedlot farms taking part in the Energy Savers Program.

Proposed
44
Energy Savings
161
Savings
41,109
Queensland

Queensland Nurseries

Queensland

Queensland Nurseries

This case study summarises the outcomes from audits conducted on 24 Queensland Nurseries taking part in the Energy Savers Program.

Proposed
19
Energy Savings
640
Savings
199,520
Queensland

Queensland Dairy Farms

Queensland

Queensland Dairy Farms

This case study summarises the outcomes from audits conducted on 30 Queensland Dairy farms taking part in the Energy Savers Program.

Proposed
41
Energy Savings
817
Savings
533,483
Queensland

Queensland Cotton Farms

Queensland

Queensland Cotton Farms

This case study summarises the outcomes from audits conducted on 8 Queensland Cotton farms taking part of the Energy Savers Program.

Proposed
40
Energy Savings
324
Savings
106,589
Darling Downs

Western Downs Feedlot

Darling Downs

Western Downs Feedlot

This case study summarises the outcomes from an audit conducted on a large feedlot with an energy consumption of 3,000,000 kWh at an annual cost of $350,000, resulting in emissions of 2,850 tCO2-e per year. Energy and emission savings have been estimated to be 21% and cost savings at around 26%.

Proposed
21
Energy Savings
570.6
Savings
93,000
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Horticulture Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Horticulture Farm

Of the energy-saving opportunities evaluated, one initiative was identified with potential energy savings of 30%, a payback period of 3.7 years and carbon savings of 5.3t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
30
Energy Savings
5.3
Savings
1,392
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Sugar Cane farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Sugar Cane farm

A 91ha Sugar cane farm in the Mareeba region producing on average 105tc/ha could benefit from a recent Energy Savers Audit. Improvements in energy consumption, water use and time efficiency could be achieved from installation of a new automated pumping system, with energy savings of 17% and emission reductions of 11.9 tCO2-e per year.  

Proposed
17
Energy Savings
11.9
Savings
18,859
Wide Bay Burnett

Sugar Cane and Horticulture Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Sugar Cane and Horticulture Farm

A mixed farming enterprise located in the Bundaberg region growing sugarcane, rockmelons, tomatoes and macadamia nuts could save 31% of energy consumption through irrigation improvements.

Proposed
31
Energy Savings
25.5
Savings
11,348
Darling Downs

Cotton and Sorghum Farm

Darling Downs

Cotton and Sorghum Farm

A 700ha cotton farm could benefit from a recent Energy Savers audit. The audit recommended the installation of two new 22kW pumps and four separate 20kW solar PV systems to improve energy efficiency on site.

Implemented
10
Energy Savings
21.6
Savings
7,182
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Mackay Sugar Cane Farm

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Mackay Sugar Cane Farm

Replace star-delta starters with new variable speed drives in addition to replace diesel winch pump and install a 10kW solar system, will allow achieving energy savings of 48% and emission reductions of 48.7t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
48
Energy Savings
48.7
Savings
13,239
Maranoa-Balonne

Darling Downs Beef Cattle

Maranoa-Balonne

Darling Downs Beef Cattle

From two years of data average energy consumption of total farm was 27,766kWh at a cost of $3,467 per annum. Recommendations in the audit to improve energy efficiency on site included a bore pump replacement.

Proposed
2
Energy Savings
0.5
Savings
276
Dry Tropics

Ayr Sugar Cane Farm

Dry Tropics

Ayr Sugar Cane Farm

A recent energy audit looked at ways to reduce energy consumption and costs while improving productivity. The use of a new efficient bore will relieve a secondary pump of work and allow more water to be applied over the current cropping area.

Proposed
56
Energy Savings
27.9
Savings
15,241
Wet Tropics

North Queensland Poultry & Cane Farm

Wet Tropics

North Queensland Poultry & Cane Farm

A North Queensland poultry farm processing 2500 birds per annum could benefit from a recent energy savers audit. Considering goals of the farmer, the audit recommendations considered the expected three-fold increase in production while minimising energy consumption and costs onsite.

Proposed
41
Energy Savings
13.5
Savings
4,684
Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Wine farm

Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Wine farm

This case shows the potential savings by replacing the current irrigation pump with a more efficient unit. It further explores the connection between management practices, water, and the additional advantages that an energy and irrigation audit can provide.

Proposed
22
Energy Savings
2.2
Savings
919
South East

Gatton Piggery

South East

Gatton Piggery

The total energy consumption onsite is distributed through two meters. One is considered a Large Asset Customer (LAC), while the other a Small Asset Customer (SAC). The first meter recorded 302,135 kWh with maximum demand of 100 KVA in demand at a cost of $54,523 per annum. The second used 15,117 kWh with $4,664 in costs. The total energy consumption is 317,252 kWh, costing $59,187 per annum. Irrigation of two cropping paddocks is associated with the two meters, one on the larger account, and the other smaller account. By installing all the recommendations in the audit, energy consumption could be reduced by 22%, costs by up to 24% and carbon emissions by 62.3 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
22
Energy Savings
62.3
Savings
14,060
South East

Gatton Piggery

South East

Gatton Piggery

The total energy consumption onsite is distributed through two meters. One is considered a Large Asset Customer (LAC), while the other a Small Asset Customer (SAC). The first meter recorded 302,135 kWh with maximum demand of 100 KVA in demand at a cost of $54,523 per annum. The second used 15,117 kWh with $4,664 in costs. The total energy consumption is 317,252 kWh, costing $59,187 per annum. Irrigation of the two cropping paddocks is associated with two meters, one on the larger account, and the other smaller account. This case study focuses on the irrigation systems following recommendations from the recent energy savers audit. The currently recommended solution, the replacement of a low-pressure irrigation system without boom, allows the farm to reduce 2% of its total energy consumption, with carbon savings of 5 t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
2
Energy Savings
5
Savings
1,504
South East

Sunshine Coast Dairy Farm

South East

Sunshine Coast Dairy Farm

A dairy farm located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland could benefit from a comprehensive energy audit that explored both the milking operation and irrigated paddocks. This case study focuses on the irrigation system benefits of installing a new pump with a Variable Speed Drive (VSD), new suction line, shortening the mainline and replacing the sprinklers and risers.

Proposed
-3
Energy Savings
7,050
South East

Southern Dairy Farm

South East

Southern Dairy Farm

A recent energy savers audit showed how a dairy farm in the Scenic Rim region could improve heating and cooling efficiency onsite after implementing the recommendations of a recent energy audit.

Proposed
38
Energy Savings
20.6
Savings
5,966
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Cane Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Cane Farm

The audit of this 46Ha Bundaberg sugar cane farm considered energy consumption, hydraulic losses, and crop management. The audit recommended upgrading the pumps and changing the irrigation design. The site consists of a river pump and booster pump on separate NIMIs and irrigated using high pressure Gun, medium pressure boom and low-pressure furrow.

Proposed
87
Energy Savings
39.3
Savings
11,491
Fitzroy

Emerald Cotton Farm

Fitzroy

Emerald Cotton Farm

An Emerald irrigated cotton farm could benefit from a recent Energy Savers Audit. This case study details the need to inspect, maintain and repair pumps before potential replacement in order to achieve lower payback periods.

Implemented
8
Energy Savings
2.8
Savings
808
Fitzroy

Central Queensland Irrigation Farm

Fitzroy

Central Queensland Irrigation Farm

A farm producing feed for livestock has the potential to reduce energy consumption and costs by installing a combination of renewable and diesel energy sources onsite.

Proposed
76
Energy Savings
12.1
Savings
Dry Tropics

Ayr Cane Farm

Dry Tropics

Ayr Cane Farm

An 120ha cane farm in the Ayr region is taking a holistic approach taking part in both the Queensland Farmers Federation Reef, and Energy Savers programs. The site aims to reduce fertiliser use, energy consumption and costs while increasing production and minimising its impact on the surrounding Great Barrier Reef.

Proposed
61
Energy Savings
21.5
Savings
24,994
Darling Downs

Dalby Cotton Farm

Darling Downs

Dalby Cotton Farm

A 220ha irrigated cotton farm could save money and time by implementing recommendations from their Energy Savers Audit. The site produces some Corn, Barley, Wheat and Chickpeas. Three pumps lift water from the creek to three separate centre pivots consuming nearly 110,000 kWh at a cost of $23000. Four potential solar systems were compared with the best payback chosen to offset and reduce consumption below 100,000kWh. As consumption is just over 100MW p.a. both SAC small and large customer tariffs were considered, and a comprehensive analysis shown to minimise operating costs.

Proposed
40
Energy Savings
35
Savings
45,953
Wide Bay Burnett

Mondure Irrigation Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Mondure Irrigation Farm

A farm producing fodder feed for livestock has the potential to reduce energy consumption and costs by installing new efficient pumps and making changes to the irrigation system.

Proposed
49
Energy Savings
69
Savings
19,890
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Irrigation Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Irrigation Farm

A Mareeba farm that produces hay has the potential to save time and money after implementing a solar PV system on an upgraded automated pump supplying water to a centre pivot.

Implemented
54
Energy Savings
22.9
Savings
17,950
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Mackay Cane Farm

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Mackay Cane Farm

A cane farm in the Mackay region could increase production, net profit and offset total energy consumption from adoption of solar, and pump and irrigation changes.

Proposed
115
Energy Savings
59.3
Savings
43,655
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Irrigation Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Irrigation Farm

An Atherton Tablelands hay farm has saved time and money after implementing a solar PV system on an upgraded automated pump supplying water to a centre pivot.

Implemented
113
Energy Savings
57.6
Savings
9,000
Wide Bay Burnett

Sunshine Coast Nursery

Wide Bay Burnett

Sunshine Coast Nursery

A large Sunshine Coast nursery will reduce its energy consumption even while increasing production with load shifting, upgrading lighting and air conditioners and the addition of a Solar PV system.

Proposed
50
Energy Savings
155.1
Savings
34,515
Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Horticulture Farm

Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Horticulture Farm

The farm, near Stanthorpe, produces a large variety of horticultural products on an area of approximately 30 ha and could save up to 17 per cent off its energy bills after implementing an farm energy audit recommendation to replace the cold room condenser unit.

Proposed
17
Energy Savings
7.6
Savings
3,500
Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Stonefruit Farm

Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Stonefruit Farm

A Stanthorpe farm producing an average of 300 tonnes of stonefruit per year from 40ha could save 77% off its energy and diesel bills after implementing energy audit recommendations to upgrade their lights to LED as well as to replace the diesel pump with a solar system.

Implemented
77
Energy Savings
16.7
Savings
5,881
Wide Bay Burnett

Mundubbera Citrus Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Mundubbera Citrus Farm

A farm in Mundubbera producing a variety of citrus and mangoes will benefit by implementation of recommendations in a recent energy audit. The farm could save up to 7% of the site total energy use, and approximately $90,000 p.a. with an average payback period of 5.5 years, and estimated carbon reductions of 85.3 t CO2-e per annum.

Implemented
7
Energy Savings
85.3
Savings
37,000
South East

South East Queensland Dairy Farm

South East

South East Queensland Dairy Farm

A South East Queensland Dairy that produces milk and some feed has the potential to reduce energy and costs onsite and increase productivity from efficiencies identified in the milking shed.

Proposed
61
Energy Savings
115.2
Savings
51,707
Southern Downs

Southern Downs Piggery

Southern Downs

Southern Downs Piggery

This case study is part two of a piggery audit conducted showing the electrical energy savings component. Implementation of new LED lights would allow an increase in capital for further efficiency measures and allow the installation of solar.

Proposed
62-52
Energy Savings
125
Savings
71,800
South East

South East Queensland Dairy Farm

South East

South East Queensland Dairy Farm

Installing solar and chilled water systems using existing infrastructure while monitoring and maintaining could reduce this dairy farm's energy consumption below 100,000kWh per annum.

Proposed
35
Energy Savings
44.1
Savings
14,673
Fitzroy

Central Queensland Irrigators

Fitzroy

Central Queensland Irrigators

The Audit recommended a number of steps to improve the efficiency of three bore pumps along with solar systems to reduce the farms power consumption by over 60%. This case study compares Solar PV options for each of the three pumps, apart of the respective pump replacement recommended.

Proposed
64
Energy Savings
86.7
Savings
25,200
Central West

Central West Queensland sheep and cattle farm

Central West

Central West Queensland sheep and cattle farm

A Central Queensland farm has the potential to save time and money from an increase in battery storage and installation of 4G remote monitoring on the pumps.

Proposed
42
Energy Savings
11
Savings
3,467
Darling Downs

Western Downs Grains Farm

Darling Downs

Western Downs Grains Farm

The Audit recommended a number of small projects with quick payback as well as upgrading lighting and installing solar and batteries to reduce grid power by 91 per cent.

Proposed
91
Energy Savings
20.9
Savings
8,878
Darling Downs

Western Downs Cattle Farm

Darling Downs

Western Downs Cattle Farm

The farm has a potential efficiency gain with the installation of a new solar pump. This case study compares the costs of using the existing generator and complete replacement with a new solar pump and battery backup.

Proposed
100
Energy Savings
21.3
Savings
9,935
Fitzroy

Central Queensland Irrigators

Fitzroy

Central Queensland Irrigators

This case study compares the costs and benefits of a powering a small pump with a grid connected solar system, or taking the pump off-grid with solar and a battery.

Proposed
12
Energy Savings
1.2
Savings
1,253
Wide Bay Burnett

Gympie Plantation Forest

Wide Bay Burnett

Gympie Plantation Forest

Installing a solar PV system has reduced HQ Plantations energy costs, CO2 emissions and demand charges.

Implemented
31
Energy Savings
51
Savings
14,093
South East

South East Queensland chicken meat farm

South East

South East Queensland chicken meat farm

A South East Queensland chicken meat farm with eight sheds found an energy audit to provide helpful guidance about where to spend their capital investment on the farm.

Proposed
8.5
Energy Savings
48
Savings
17,800
Wide Bay Burnett

Sunshine Coast Nursery

Wide Bay Burnett

Sunshine Coast Nursery

A South-East Queensland nursery has implemented a 19.89kW Solar System to offset grid power following their QFF Energy Savers audit.

Implemented
180
Energy Savings
10.8
Savings
5,280
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Banana Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Banana Farm

A Mareeba banana farm is on track to save 32% off their power bill for one of their pump stations with a new variable speed drive and a tariff change recommended in the Energy Savers audit. They are also getting more even watering and expect to cut maintenance costs!

Implemented
32
Energy Savings
94.8
Savings
40,000
Atherton Tablelands

Tablelands Irrigation Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Tablelands Irrigation Farm

An energy audit recommended replacing a 75kW pump with a 45kW pump and Variable Speed Control. Also, eliminating some right angle bends from the pipes at an adjacent 4kW pump will allow it to deliver 1kL of extra water per hour.

Proposed
44
Energy Savings
24.2
Savings
7,000
South East

Karalee Flower Farm

South East

Karalee Flower Farm

The farm has implemented a lighting upgrade, Power Factor Correction (PFC) and a 30.4kW Solar PV system to achieve annual energy savings over $14,700 and greenhouse gas emission reductions of 40.1 t CO2-e. The lights and PFC offer a payback period of under 3 years, with the PV payback around 5½ years. The Pump VSD and pressure transducer once implemented will allow the pump to operate at its Best Efficiency Point.

Implemented
21
Energy Savings
40.1
Savings
15,367
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Cane Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Cane Farm

The audit recommended optomising the VSD speed to reduce friction losses, balancing efficiency with crop requirements. This no-cost project is saving the farmer $9,532 per annum with a reduction of 19% energy consumption.

Implemented
19
Energy Savings
48.4
Savings
9,500
Wet Tropics

Rollingstone Horticulture Farm

Wet Tropics

Rollingstone Horticulture Farm

This detailed case study shows how a comprehensive audit and collaboration between the auditor and local refrigeration specialist have significantly reduced cold room operating costs with annual savings of almost $20,000 and a payback period of a year and a quarter. Refrigeration energy consumption and demand have been almost halved.

Implemented
33
Energy Savings
46.1
Savings
20,000
Darling Downs

Brookstead Cotton Farm

Darling Downs

Brookstead Cotton Farm

Two stages were removed from a seven-stage pump which reduced the flow rate but improved the combined efficiency by 25%. The pump demand has been reduced by 12kW and even with increased running time, running costs have reduced by $1,200 per year with a payback period under two years.

Implemented
15
Energy Savings
5.4
Savings
1,194
Darling Downs

Cecil Plains Cotton Farm

Darling Downs

Cecil Plains Cotton Farm

The Audit recommended a new, smaller pump which increased water flow by 1.1ML/day and improved combined efficiency by nearly 30%. The pump upgrade has been completed by the farmer even though the payback period on energy cost savings alone was estimated at over 9 years.

Implemented
13
Energy Savings
3.8
Savings
2,619
Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Horticulture Farm

Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Horticulture Farm

The farmer installed variable speed drives on two 37kW pumps providing an annual cost saving of over $14,500 with a payback period of around 18 months. Other efficiencies were identified including some refrigeration improvements and a small Solar PV system which the farmer is yet to implement.

Implemented
1.5-1.8
Energy Savings
15.3
Savings
14,685
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Central Queensland Prawn Farm

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Central Queensland Prawn Farm

This audit considered a number of opportunities to reduce heating energy consumption. The case study highlights total energy savings of 2.5% in covering heated hatchery tanks and heat recovery systems, corresponding to 12% of hatchery energy use, with an average payback or around 3.5 years and annual savings of almost $9,500.

Proposed
2.5
Energy Savings
62.9
Savings
12,961
South East

Southern Queensland piggeries

South East

Southern Queensland piggeries

This case studies highlights the energy savings opportunities from audits at a number of pork farms. It highlights potential to reduce lighting energy by 66% and reducing overall energy per site by up to 27% with the addition of Solar PV systems.

Proposed
27-66
Energy Savings
931
Savings
107,766
South East

Southern Queensland Piggeries

South East

Southern Queensland Piggeries

This case studies highlights the energy savings opportunities from audits at a number of pork farms. It highlights potential to reduce site heating energy by 20% with an average payback of 4.6 years.

Proposed
20
Energy Savings
142.7
Savings
21,054
Dry Tropics

Clare Horticulture and Cane

Dry Tropics

Clare Horticulture and Cane

This case study shows how a Clare melon farm can reduce energy consumption and costs by implementing the recommendations of an Energy Savings Program. The farm has already implemented VSD on 8 pumps, reducing the total energy consumption on farm by 28%. Further savings can be achieved by upgrading irrigation, refrigeration and hot water systems, with energy savings estimated as 12% of already reduced farm energy consumption.

Proposed
12
Energy Savings
75.9
Savings
30,904
Dry Tropics

Burdekin Sugar Cane

Dry Tropics

Burdekin Sugar Cane

A range of initiatives were identified including replacing some pumps and motors with variable speed drives, which the farmer has implemented in the drip & micro irrigation pump, with a payback period of 1.3 years and annual cost savings of around $6,000. An extra $10,000 annual saving is potentially available at the site by reviewing the tariffs of the pump stations. Energy savings have been calculated as 16% and emission reductions as 29.4 t CO2-e per year.

Implemented
16
Energy Savings
29.4
Savings
6,028
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Bowen Mango & Tomato Farm

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Bowen Mango & Tomato Farm

The audit identified a range of energy saving initiatives in the packing sheds including refrigeration, lighting and the installation of Solar PV to supply some power. Three projects had a payback less than 5 years including the lighting and two Solar PV installations. The estimated annual cost savings from all identified projects is nearly $50,000, with carbon reductions of 57.2 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
13
Energy Savings
57.2
Savings
30,097
South East

Southern Queensland Meat Processors

South East

Southern Queensland Meat Processors

The audits of several meat processors identified a payback of between 3.2 and 4.9 years of adding CO2 heat pumps to replace gas hot water systems. In one case a mixing valve was recommended to one system that was providing higher temperature to return a payback of 1.4 years. Additional benefits include greenhouse gas emission reductions of 283.5 t CO2-e.

Proposed
16
Energy Savings
283.5
Savings
45,946
South East

Southern Queensland Meat Processors

South East

Southern Queensland Meat Processors

The Audits of several meat processors identified the potential benefits of adding variable speed controls to evaporator fans with temperature control logic allowing the fans to operate at a lower speed with significant electricity savings. The audits have identified some quick wins to reduce costs of refrigeration systems at low cost.

Proposed
13
Energy Savings
88.5
Savings
20,723
Dry Tropics

Lower Burdekin Water

Dry Tropics

Lower Burdekin Water

Lower Burdekin Water Board cut their power consumption by 58,000kWh and demand by 105kVA resulting in annual cost savings of $20,000 or 25%, with carbon reductions of 53.4 t CO2-e per annum, at the Kilrie Gully pump station.

Implemented
40
Energy Savings
53.4
Savings
South East

Aspley Nursery

South East

Aspley Nursery

An energy audit for on-site electricity usage recommended several opportunities to reduce consumption and costs, from which the farmer has installed variable speed controls on pumps, replaced pumps with more energy efficient drive units, as well as upgraded the lighting and hot water systems, achieving energy savings of 28% and emission reductions of 28.4 t CO2-e per year. 

Implemented
28
Energy Savings
28.4
Savings
5,650
Wet Tropics

Ingham Cane Farm

Wet Tropics

Ingham Cane Farm

The audit recommended replacing high pressure travelling guns with a low pressure boom irrigator and installing a variable speed drive to maintain 65psi at the booms. The project is expected to save 20% energy and has a payback period of 3 years with carbon reductions of 11 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
35
Energy Savings
11
Savings
2,470
Dry Tropics

Burdekin Produce Crop and Cane Farm

Dry Tropics

Burdekin Produce Crop and Cane Farm

The audit presented 2 options to improve the efficiency of an 18kW pump: upgrading to a high efficiency model, or adding an VSD, both of which would save nearly $4,000 per year and pay back within around 2 years, with carbon emission reductions of 15 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
12
Energy Savings
15
Savings
3,980
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Nursery

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Nursery

The audit identified several energy efficiency opportunities including regular checks for leaks in the irrigation and compressed air systems and a lighting upgrade. The audit recommended a 10kW Solar PV system to complement energy efficiency practices already in place, to further cut power required from the grid by 34% to save over $4,000 per year with a payback of less than 5 years and carbon reductions of 14.5 t CO2-e per annum.

Implemented
34
Energy Savings
14.5
Savings
4,036
South East

Morton Vale Vegetable Farm

South East

Morton Vale Vegetable Farm

The audit recommended regular checking of cold room door seals to save up to 10% in refrigeration costs, along with incorporating 30kW Solar PV into a new shed being built at the site to offset pumping and refrigeration power consumption with a payback period of 4 years and carbon savings of 43.4 t CO2-e per year. Variable Speed Controls were recommended for 2 smaller pumps with a payback period of 7.7 years.

Proposed
58
Energy Savings
43.4
Savings
8,729
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Pawpaw Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Pawpaw Farm

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 irrigation opportunities for a new site, between a new 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 $9,000 on pumping costs over 6 years by installing solar pumping to replace the current diesel pump, with energy savings of 71% and emission reductions of 86.7 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
71
Energy Savings
86.7
Savings
9,086
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Citrus and Avocado Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Citrus and Avocado 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. Carbon savings have been estimated as 29.4 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
44
Energy Savings
29.4
Savings
8,624
Wide Bay Burnett

Mundubbera Citrus Farm

Wide Bay Burnett

Mundubbera Citrus Farm

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 with 156.9 t CO2-e of emission savings per annum.

Implemented
54
Energy Savings
156.9
Savings
41,503
Wet Tropics

Cairns Cold Store

Wet Tropics

Cairns Cold Store

A Cairns Cold Storage business cut their electricity usage by 30% by upgrading plant and equipment such as efficient chillers and pumps, variable speed drives and smart controls. Additional benefits include emission reductions of 150.3 t CO2-e per year.

Implemented
30
Energy Savings
150.3
Savings
South East

Gold Coast Tiger Prawns

South East

Gold Coast Tiger Prawns

See how Gold Coast Tiger Prawns saved over $40,000 per year in demand charges by fitting Variable Speed Drives to main pumps and the conveyors in the processing plant, as well as Power Factor Correction. Energy savings of 19% in total consumption and carbon reductions of 243.2 t CO2-e have been achieved.

Implemented
19
Energy Savings
243.2
Savings
40,800
Maranoa-Balonne

St George Cotton

Maranoa-Balonne

St George Cotton

The irrigation audit identified energy savings of 29% and a payback period of 1.3 years with a change to pump operations, installation of a variable speed drive to a 75kW pump and replacing the pump impellor with a full-size version. The audit also found up to $3,500 in savings available with a change in tariff. Emission savings have been estimated to be 37.9 t CO2-e.

Proposed
29
Energy Savings
37.9
Savings
6,024
South East

Beaudesert Turf Energy

South East

Beaudesert Turf Energy

The irrigation energy audit recommended adding variable speed drives to two dam pumps as they have varying duties in supplying centre pivot irrigators. The audit also recommended upgrading 100mm steel main pipe for transfer pumping to 125mm plastic. These initiatives would result in energy savings of over $41,000 per year with a payback period of around 1.5 years and carbon reductions of 120 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
24
Energy Savings
120
Savings
41,437
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Mackay Sugar Cane

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Mackay Sugar Cane

The irrigation audit identified energy savings of 10% with a payback of 3.4 years by modifying the discharge piping on the 45kW pump to reduce pressure losses. Additional savings were identified by replacing pumps and adding a variable speed controlled, but with longer payback periods. Emission savings for the solution have been estimated to be 3.1 t CO2-e.

Proposed
10
Energy Savings
3.1
Savings
875
Wide Bay Burnett

Childers Sugar Cane

Wide Bay Burnett

Childers Sugar Cane

The irrigation energy audit identified a number of initiative that would save about $110,000 over 10 years. These included replacing oversized pumps, and adding Variable Speed Drives where the changing elevation of the Centre Pivots caused variable head pressure. The audit also identified $600 in annual savings through tariff review. Emission savings have been estimated to be 47 t CO2-e.

Proposed
19
Energy Savings
47
Savings
14,114
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane & Macadamias

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane & Macadamias

The irrigation audit identified a number of opportunities on site including modifying pipe systems to reduce pressure loss, impellor modifications and installation of variable speed drives. Energy savings of 16% with a payback of 1.3 years were identified. The audit also identified up to $11,000 available by reviewing the tariff pricing structure for the pumps. Emission savings have been estimated to be 52 t CO2-e.

Proposed
16
Energy Savings
52
Savings
17,075
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Horticulture

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Horticulture

The irrigation energy audit identified that upgrading the existing filter and simplifying the pipework would reduce head losses by 50kPA, resulting in an energy saving of 12% with carbon emission reductions of 1.5 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
12
Energy Savings
1.5
Savings
418
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Mackay Sugar Cane

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Mackay Sugar Cane

The irrigation energy audit assessed the site pumping systems including creek pumping and transfer pumping, recommended adding variable speed drives to the 55kW pumps driving the Centre Pivots, and reducing head pressure. Energy Savings of 19 – 30% were identified with payback periods between 23.9 – 8.4 years and average carbon emission reductions of 7.5 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
19-30
Energy Savings
7.5
Savings
2,177
South East

Gatton Nursery

South East

Gatton Nursery

The irrigation energy audit assessed a number of irrigation systems, and recommended the addition of variable speed drives to an existing pumping station consisting of 2 x 7kW and 1 x 5.5kW fixed pumps. The upgrade would result in energy savings of 1% on total energy consumption, with a payback of 11 years and with carbon emission reductions of 1.4 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
1
Energy Savings
1.4
Savings
364
Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Horticulture

Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Horticulture

The irrigation energy audit assessed a number of pumps and motors, recommending the installation of variable speed drives on each of the pumps to allow system pressure to be reduced by 100 kPa. These initiatives will reduce energy consumption by 18% with a payback of 4.2 years and carbon emission reductions of 18.7 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
18
Energy Savings
18.7
Savings
5,706
Wide Bay Burnett

Childers Sugar Cane

Wide Bay Burnett

Childers Sugar Cane

The irrigation energy audit recommended replacing three old pump motors and adding Variable Speed Drives to two pumps, with an annual energy saving of 15% and payback of 3.2 years, as well as carbon emission reductions of 32.8 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
15
Energy Savings
32.8
Savings
9,983
Darling Downs

Cecil Plains Cotton

Darling Downs

Cecil Plains Cotton

The irrigation energy audit recommended replacing a 45kW line-shaft pump with a 37kW submersible pump to achieve an 3% energy savings and carbon emission reductions of 5.6 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
3
Energy Savings
5.6
Savings
1,991
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Horticulture

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Horticulture

This irrigation energy audit recommended replacing two in-line centrifugal pumps with a single irrigation pump and Variable Speed Drive with energy savings of 34%. A 5kW solar system providing 39% of the sites energy was also evaluated, with carbon emission reductions of 5.2 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
39
Energy Savings
5.2
Savings
1,636
South East

Boonah Dairy

South East

Boonah Dairy

The audit founds a significant water leak, with potential energy savings of 20%, and the opportunity to improve irrigation efficiency with the addition of a variable speed drive saving over 30% of energy consumption. The solutions have combined energy savings of 60% with cost savings of around $5,500 and a payback under 2 years. Combined emission reductions have been estimated around 18.9 t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
20-30
Energy Savings
18.9
Savings
5,513
Dry Tropics

Giru Sugar Cane

Dry Tropics

Giru Sugar Cane

The audit recommended two options, including replacing a 15 year-old 33kW pump with a smaller 22kW pump, or replace the pump and add a variable speed drive. Energy savings of 4-11% and average emission reductions of 3.9 t CO2-e per annum have been estimated.

Proposed
4-11
Energy Savings
3.9
Savings
1,616
Wet Tropics

Ingham Sugar Cane

Wet Tropics

Ingham Sugar Cane

The audit recommended a number of measures, including a variable speed drive to regulate pressure rather than the current throttling arrangement. The measure will save around 45% energy at the pump, with an annual cost saving of over $10,500 and a payback period of around 9 months, as well as emission savings of 44 t CO2-e per annum.

Proposed
45
Energy Savings
44
Savings
10,690
Southern Downs

Cottonvale Horticulture

Southern Downs

Cottonvale Horticulture

The audit recommended the replacement of a 50kW pump which is over-sized for the duty requirement which would give an energy saving of 56% and a payback period of around 8 years. In addition, changing tariff and switching pump operation to off-peak hours would save an additional $1,200 per year. Annual emission savings have been estimated to be 3 t CO2-e.

Proposed
56
Energy Savings
3
Savings
1,210
South East

Gatton Horticulture

South East

Gatton Horticulture

The audit recommended replacing a replacing a 55kW pump and motor with a smaller and more efficient pump and motor with an annual cost saving over $2,000 and a payback period of just over 7 years. Emission savings have been estimated to be 7.4 t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
15
Energy Savings
7.4
Savings
2,088
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane

The audit assessed 10 initiatives to upgrade pumps and add variable speed drives, and recommended that two be implemented with payback periods of 3.5 years and savings of $6,000 per year. The audit also recommended tariff checks to achieve further savings. Emission savings have been estimated to be 20.6 t CO2-e in average per year.

Proposed
10
Energy Savings
20.6
Savings
6,026
Darling Downs

Brookstead Dairy & Cropping

Darling Downs

Brookstead Dairy & Cropping

The audit recommended a number of initiatives to reduce distribution head losses to optimise the dam pump operations, including some pipe replacement and the potential to replace the 45kW dam pumps and add variable speed drives. The recommendations would save 42% of the energy on those systems, with an annual saving of over $40,000 and a payback of just over 2 years. Emission savings have been estimated to be 113 t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
42
Energy Savings
113
Savings
40,248
Darling Downs

Cabarlah Nursery

Darling Downs

Cabarlah Nursery

A number of initiatives were recommended including replacing 400W mercury vapour high bay lights with 150W equivalents, adding insulation to hot water piping and the addition of a 30kW solar PV system. In total the measures will save nearly $11,000 per year with a payback period of 5.5 years and carbon reductions of 37.5 t CO2-e per annum

Proposed
47
Energy Savings
37.5
Savings
10,740
Southern Downs

Allora Feedlot

Southern Downs

Allora Feedlot

The audit recommended a number of pump upgrades with energy efficient models with variable speed drives with a payback of 3 years and annual energy savings of nearly $15,000. Emission savings have been estimated to be 45.5 t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
25
Energy Savings
45.5
Savings
14,782
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane & Pineapples

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane & Pineapples

A range of initiatives were identified including replacing some pumps and motors with new pumps and variable speed drives, with a payback period of 2.8 years and annual cost savings of around $16,500. An extra $10,000 annual saving is potentially available at the site by reviewing the tariffs of the pump stations. Emission savings have been estimated to be 27.1 t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
12
Energy Savings
27.1
Savings
16,500
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane & Aquaculture

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Sugar Cane & Aquaculture

The audit made many recommendations for pipe upgrades, pump replacement and the addition of variable speed drives. Six recommendations had a total annual energy saving of nearly $20,000 with a payback period under a year. Nearly $6,000 of extra annual savings may be available through tariff reviews. Emission savings have been estimated to be 114 t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
10
Energy Savings
114
Savings
19,726
Fitzroy

Emerald Cotton

Fitzroy

Emerald Cotton

An energy audit of the pumping systems recommended replacement with more energy-efficient drive units, upgrading the distribution pipework and replacing pumps. Emission savings have been estimated to be 73 t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
19
Energy Savings
73
Savings
19,585
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Proserpine Sugar Cane & Rice

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Proserpine Sugar Cane & Rice

The farmer implemented the recommendations including 2 variable speed drives and is likely to save over $7,000 per year with a payback of around 2 years and emission savings of 31.5 t CO2-e per year. There are more potential savings available by replacing other pumps with high efficiency models at the end of their life.

Implemented
26
Energy Savings
31.5
Savings
7,338
Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Winery

Southern Downs

Stanthorpe Winery

The audit of this vineyard and winemaker evaluated a number of actions with varying payback periods, including insulation, replacement of compressors, lighting controls and disconnecting unused pumps. Two initiatives had a payback period of around 3 years including insulation and disconnecting unused pumps. The audit also found a tariff review might save the business over $2,500 per year. Emission savings have been estimated to be 1.2 t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
2
Energy Savings
1.2
Savings
347
Southern Downs

Glen Aplin Tomato & Capsicum farm

Southern Downs

Glen Aplin Tomato & Capsicum farm

The audit recommended replacing refrigeration compressors and installing a 2kW solar photovoltaic system at a Stanthorpe Tomato and Capsicum Farm. The audit calculated approximately $30,000 in savings over 10 years, with payback periods at just over 4 years and emission savings of 6 tCO2-e per year. Additional savings would be available by changing electricity tariffs.

Proposed
6
Energy Savings
6
Savings
5,425
Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Chillies

Wide Bay Burnett

Bundaberg Chillies

An energy audit recommended installing variable speed control on evaporator fans, replacing T8 cold room lighting with LEDs and a number of options for optimising refrigeration including thermal energy storage. Although the refrigeration projects have a long payback period, the variable speed controls and lighting would save over $7,000 per year with a payback of nearly 4 years. The farmer has decided to implement the lighting upgrades in the cold room, with 1% of total energy savings, around $1,500 per year and emission savings of 5 t CO2-e per annum.

Implemented
1
Energy Savings
5
Savings
1,363
Dry Tropics

Townsville Mushroom farm

Dry Tropics

Townsville Mushroom farm

An energy audit identified an opportunity to improve the air conditioning system for growing mushrooms, achieving annual electricity savings of $9,000 and demand saving of 23kW, which could potentially save around $400 per month in demand charges. Additional operating profits given increases in product volume are $442,000 per year. Emission savings have been estimated to be 34.3 t CO2-e per year.

Proposed
17
Energy Savings
34.3
Savings
450,000