Energy Savers
Mackay

Mackay Sugar Cane

Proposed
19-30
Proposed Energy Savings
Industry
Sugar cane
Location
Mackay
Irrigation
Centre pivot
Pumps
Centrifugal
Solution
Consider upgrade to variable speed control on failure

Farm profile

The 180 hectare farm, located in the Mackay area, cultivates sugar cane. For irrigation, the farm mainly relies on rainfall supplemented by a centre pivot and hard hose irrigation system which sources water from a creek. The operation of the irrigation system varies according to the season and the weather conditions.

The volume of water delivered to the sugar cane changes according to the growth stage and is varied by managing the irrigation time as the system delivers a constant flow of water.

Electricity consumption is mainly for irrigation purposes, followed next by the shed/workshop.

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Farmer feedback
The farm is not proceeding with implementation of the audit recommendation due to long payback periods. The customer noted that the existing pumping arrangement had been sized appropriately and the audit report findings would be considered in the event of a pump failure requiring replacement.