Energy Savers
South East

Morton Vale Vegetable Farm

Proposed
58
Energy Savings
43.4
Savings
Industry
Horticulture
Product
Bunching vegetables
Location
South East
Irrigation
Drip, Micro irrigation
Pumps
Centrifugal
Technology
Solar Photovoltaic

Summary

The audit recommended regular checking of cold room door seals to save up to 10% in refrigeration costs, along with incorporating 30kW Solar PV into a new shed being built at the site to offset pumping and refrigeration power consumption with a payback period of 4 years and carbon savings of 43.4 t CO2-e per year.  Variable Speed Controls were recommended for 2 smaller pumps with a payback period of 7.7 years.

 

Farm profile

The property consists of 28 hectares of farming land located in Morton Vale in the Lockyer Valley and produces a variety of vegetable crops depending on market demand. The main crops include radish, shallots, Chinese vegetables, English spinach, Dutch carrots, iceberg lettuce and assorted herbs.

The main water supply is gravity fed to a site storage dam where it is then pumped into the irrigation system. Water is delivered to the vegetable crops mainly by a solid set system with sprinklers. The majority of electricity consumption on site is used for pumping and refrigeration.

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