Meet businesses in the case studies which highlight opportunities across industries for on-farm energy efficiency and cost savings – and showcase what has been achieved.
Solar panels and battery storage provided a more sustainable approach to obtaining energy. It was a big investment – but one that delivered large benefits.
Installing heat pumps and using solar electricity across the dairy was a great choice for this business. The heat pumps reduced hot water energy use in the dairy by around half and delivered greater reliability.
Significant energy savings, alongside better plant quality and output for this nursery – from improving greenhouse insulation, installing solar panels and reducing energy use for irrigation.
For these croppers, installing solar panels and adding a chaser bin and a belt shifter for moving grain – raised productivity, delivered energy and labour savings and improved workplace safety.
A new triple row sprayer, soil moisture sensors and cool room insulation brought energy, water and labour savings – and improved grape yield and quality.
A new rapid chiller helped this dairy in supplying top quality milk while keeping energy costs under control – and reap the benefits of heating water for the dairy.
Rooftop solar panels and solar water pumps were big-ticket energy savers for this free range piggery, with a new tank monitor delivering a quick win – with fuel, time and water savings.
These case studies were delivered through Agriculture Victoria, the Victorian Government’s Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (the Plan) supported farm businesses to improve energy efficiency, productivity and on-farm energy generation. Since 2018, the Plan has supported over 1,300 farm businesses with free on-farm energy assessments and delivered over 650 grants to Victorian farmers.