Energy Savers
Darling Downs

Cecil Plains Cotton Farm

Implemented
20
Actual Energy Savings
Industry
Cotton
Location
Darling Downs
Irrigation
Flood
Pumps
Submersible
Technology
Pump upgrade

Summary

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. Added benefits include emission reductions of 3.8 t CO2-e.

Farm Profile

The farm located in southern Queensland produces cotton utilising flood irrigation from an on-site irrigation dam. A bore pump was assessed that is used for irrigating 144 Ha of the farm and to replenish the irrigation dam as required. Irrigation occurs between September and February with a combination of water from the storage dam and operation of the bore.

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