Energy Savers
Dry Tropics

Townsville Mushroom farm

Proposed
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Proposed Energy Savings
Industry
Horticulture
Product
Button mushrooms
Location
Dry Tropics
Irrigation
Drip, Micro irrigation
Technology
Air Conditioning

SUMMARY

An energy audit identified an opportunity to improve the air conditioning system for growing mushrooms, achieving an annual saving of $9,000 including a demand saving of 23kW, which could potentially save around $400 per month in demand charges. Emission savings have been estimated to be 34.3 t CO2-e per year.

FARM PROFILE

The mushroom farm, located near Townsville in North Queensland, currently has twelve small growing rooms with a total growing shelf area of 960m2. The growing rooms have 6 cycles per year with each cycle taking mushrooms from spawn to full size and fresh for delivery to supermarkets. The farm’s main energy consumption is the air conditioning plant for environmental control. Lighting and machinery power demand is negligible and remain turned off for the majority of run hours.

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Farmer feedback
The program has been very good in investigating more energy efficient equipment. We believe it would be a positive upgrade investment for the $560,000 to upgrade the Air Climate equipment to replace the existing equipment, however we do not have the ability to proceed at this time.