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Dry Tropics

Ayr Cane Farm

Dry Tropics

Ayr Cane Farm

A Dry Tropics sugar cane farm has saved money and reduced energy consumption after implementing the recommendations from a recent Energy Savers Audit. The recommendation installed included pump upgrades.

Implemented
5
Energy Savings
2.5
Savings
939
Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Sugar Cane Farm

Atherton Tablelands

Mareeba Sugar Cane Farm

Of the energy-saving opportunities evaluated, two initiatives were identified with potential energy savings of 19%, a payback period of 2.8 years, and carbon emission savings of 20.9 tCO2-e per year.

Proposed
19
Energy Savings
20.9
Savings
4,156
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 pumps one and two and the installation of a solar system at pump one.

Implemented
30
Energy Savings
22.3
Savings
6,708
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 pumps one and two, replace the travelling gun irrigation system with a lateral move, and conversion to Tariff 33 at all pumps. The farmer has replaced the irrigation system.

Implemented
21
Energy Savings
15.2
Savings
69,658
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
63
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. The farmer has installed the solar PV system.

Implemented
26
Energy Savings
13.1
Savings
8,829
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 at pumps one, two, three, and five, as well as conversion to Tariff 33 at pumps two, three, and five. The farmer has implemented the VFDs.

Implemented
25
Energy Savings
85.2
Savings
27,768
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. The farmer has implemented the VSD.

Implemented
12
Energy Savings
7.7
Savings
2,522
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 and implemented included the replacement of the pump, motor, and installation of a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) at the main pump.

Implemented
48
Energy Savings
26.5
Savings
10,156
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
2,079
Savings
1,090,617
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
6,042
Savings
2,817,342
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
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Mackay Sugar Cane Farm

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday

Mackay 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 the replacement of star-delta starters with new variable speed drives, replacement of diesel winch pump, and installing a 10kW solar system at the bore pump. The farmer has installed the solar pumping system.

Implemented
18
Energy Savings
16.2
Savings
2,353
Dry Tropics

Telamon Sugar Cane Farm

Dry Tropics

Telamon Sugar Cane Farm

A recent energy audit showed how improving the current systems can lead to energy and cost savings while improving productivity. The recommendations explored in the audit included the replacement of a bore pump, VFD, and automation of the irrigation system. The farmer has installed the new bore pump.

Implemented
13
Energy Savings
6.4
Savings
2,374
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
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
34.7
Savings
11,491
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
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 the adoption of a solar pumping system.

Implemented
93
Energy Savings
48.6
Savings
6,000
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
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.

Implemented
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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