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. Implementing these upgrades in the flood irrigation pump could save 8,000 kWh extra per year. Additionally, $10,000 annual savings 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.
Additional benefits have been realized by the farmer in terms of better understanding of energy tariffs, allowing for better resource management opportunities.