Agribusiness

New farm energy service for food and fibre producers

Terry Sim, August 6, 2015

A NEW farm energy information service has been launched by NSW Farmers to help food and fibre producers to manage the transition from fossil fuels to renewable power options.

The service is offering independent advice on renewable farm energy options to farmers nationally, but at a discounted rate to NSW Farmers members.

NSW Farmers said its research and development arm launched the service to follow on from the association’s successful Farm Energy Program, utilising the expertise of Energy Innovation Manager Gerry Flores.

Mr Flores said many farmers are already spearheading a move towards renewable energy technology as part of a need to reduce costs and lift farm gate returns.

“However, there is plenty more to come in the new renewable energy sector that farmers will need to keep abreast of,” Mr Flores said.

“There is the winding down of the generous Solar Bonus scheme in December next year, meaning farmers who have installed solar PV systems under this scheme will need to review these assets to ensure a continued return on investment.

“And there is somewhat of a revolution happening in battery storage that is driving big changes in the energy industry.”

The new service also aligns with Young Farmers-driven shift in NSW Farmers policy to back the transition from fossil fuels towards more renewable energy sources in rural, regional and remote areas.

Mr Flores said the new service can provide farmers with independent and tailored information on the best ways to take advantage of rapid advances in renewable technology.

“This includes examining your electricity bills and conducting analyses to determine the optimal efficiency measures or the right renewable energy solutions to meet the farm’s needs.”

The service can provide assistance over the phone or via email at an hourly rate or through various consulting packages to suit different size operations and needs.

For more information call (02) 9478 1004, email [email protected] or visit the website http://www.nswfarmers.org.au/r-and-d/farm-energy-information-service

Source: NSW Farmers

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