Energy Savers
Dry Tropics

Burdekin Produce Crop and Cane Farm

Proposed
50
Proposed Energy Savings
Industry
Horticulture
Location
Dry Tropics
Irrigation
Drip, Micro irrigation
Pumps
Centrifugal
Technology
Variable Speed Control, Pump upgrade

Summary

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.

Farm profile

The farm and retail store operate inland from Ayr on the Burdekin River. With a mean annual rainfall of 763mm, the farm cultivates various produce crops as well as sugar cane.

A trickle irrigation system with one main electric pump is used on the home block and a diesel pump on the back block. Water is accessed from SunWater.

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