Energy Savers
Wide Bay Burnett

Childers Sugar Cane

Proposed
19
Energy Savings
47
Savings
Industry
Cane
Location
Wide Bay Burnett
Irrigation
Travelling Gun, Centre Pivot
Pumps
Centrifugal
Technology
Pump upgrade, Variable Speed Control

Summary

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.

Farm profile

The farm is a large sugar cane producer located in the Childers area with land holdings comprising 30 farms. Water is sourced primarily from the SunWater Scheme, with a small amount of water supplied from the four dams located in low-lying areas of the subject properties.

The main crop irrigation period is from September to April where irrigation mostly operates overnight, from 12 to 20 hours a day.

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Farmer feedback
The owner has not yet started implementation of the recommendations due to recent activities associated with crop diversification to macadamias. Timing to implement the short-term recommendations is subject to completion of the planting phase of the crop diversification.