Renewable Energy: Powering Australian Farms
Last month the Clean Energy Council shared examples of how Australian farmers are using different renewable technology (including solar) to power production and innovate their farming practices.
We wanted to share these renewable good news stories with you and highlight just how powerful renewable energy can be.
Solar Energy at Pace Farm
Pace Farm group has invested $3.2 million into three solar projects across NSW this year. Annual output will hit up to 2.7 million kilowatt-hours – an amount that could power hundreds of homes.
Solar Power at Burgi Orchard
Burgi’s Melbourne-based fruit orchard has switched on solar as a move towards more sustainable, clean energy practices.
They have a 25 kW system with 100 panels, generating just under 40% of the power needed for the orchard and storage rooms.
Solar Thermal at Sundrop Farms
Adelaide’s Sundrop Farms has stayed true to their name and employed solar thermal technology for their daily energy needs.
The 20-hectare greenhouse facility also uses desalinated water for irrigation, setting an example for others in the industry.
Biogas at KIA-ORA Piggery
KIA-ORA piggery in Victoria tackled massive power bills using their pig’s waste products to generate electricity. They installed an innovative system to recycle manure and turn it into biogas which can be used as power or sold back to the grid.
Solar Power for Capel Farms
Capel Farms in Western Australia invested in solar 3 years ago to cut down on power bills. Their 100 kW system has reduced their reliance on electricity from the grid and power bills have gone down 40%.
Wind Power for Crookwell
Charlie Prell farms sheep and will soon farm wind! The 91 MW Crookwell Wind Farm project was signed off last year for development on Prell’s farm in 2018. Ridgelines or rocky outcrops will house the wind turbines so they don’t affect the land needed for sheep.
Once built, the turbines will produce enough energy to power 41,600 homes.
Biofuel for Meredith Dairy
Melbourne’s Meredith Dairy uses Biofuel to keep things running and also purchases clean energy when needed. The Dairy also uses solar hot water; truly a very sustainable cheese maker.
These are some great examples of how renewable can become part of our daily routines and save us money. You might not own a farm, but renewable energy and specifically solar power is a great way to reduce your electricity bills and do a little something for the environment.
Clean energy is helping to pave the way for more independence and prosperity for our farmers long into the future. Advances in technology mean that we can do everything we could before, and in some cases, a bit extra – and the only thing we have to give up is the pollution.