The growing push for renewable and efficient energy usage in the agriculture industry

  • Session Topic
    Energy Efficiency
    Onsite Renewables

The growing push for renewable and efficient energy usage in the agriculture industry

4 Oct 2018, 2:50 PM - 4:10 PM

Room 216
English (Australia)

Chair: Andrew Chamberlin, Project Manager - Energy, Queensland Farmers' Federation


Agriculture Energy Investment Plan

Anne Dansey, Senior Strategy and Governance Manager - Low Emission Resources, Department of Economic Development

The Victorian Government undertook an extensive analysis of the needs of the Agriculture industry in transitioning toward a more resilient, energy efficient and internationally competitive agriculture sector. The plan focuses on supporting Victoria's $12.8 billion Food and Fibre Sector, employing 200,000 Victorians. It covers energy assessments, grants, demonstration projects, skills and education for the sector and complementary services and a commitment to research to improve cost, reliability and continuing innovation for the sector.


Embracing the Energy Transition: Building resilience in regional Australia

Charlie Prell, Deputy Chair, Farmers for Climate Action

Farmers for Climate Action is a non-partisan, not for profit movement of farmers, graziers and agricultural industry leaders from all over Australia committed to putting those on the front line of climate change, front and centre in creating climate solutions. Farmers for Climate Action is taking a lead role in supporting farmers to engage with the renewable energy transition; with many farmers already embracing renewables as a strategy to improve reliability and affordability on farm. The devastating drought conditions across Australia also highlights the importance of a clean energy transition as an effective strategy to diversify the revenue base of regional Australia, with large scale projects set up around community benefit sharing models supporting increasing the resilience of communities in the face of increasingly challenging climatic conditions. 


The Next Generation of Irrigation

Ben Lee, Managing Director of ReAqua

Jon Elder, cotton farmer NSW

Irrigated agriculture suffers from high and increasing energy costs, for example, diesel used for pumping can be the highest operating expense in irrigated cotton. Renewable energy is now realising its potential to dramatically reduce these costs and exposure to diesel price fluctuations. These large-scale projects coming online also reduce greenhouse emissions and contribute to farm revenue through Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs). 

Jon Elder's 500kW solar diesel hybrid pumping system in Central West NSW, is the largest in Australia. The farm can use $350,000 worth of diesel a year, and it is expected incorporating solar energy will reduce this by half, paying his investment back within five years. The presentation will also discuss barriers that have been overcome in this development to position this technology for widespread adoption.


  • Andrew Chamberlin


    Project Manager - Energy

    Queensland Farmers' Federation

    Andrew is managing The Energy Savers Program for the Queensland Farmers’ Federation and is an ecoBiz Coach for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry...

  • Anne Dansey


    Senior Strategy and Governance Manager - Low Emission Resources

    Department of Economic Development

    Anne is currently Senior Strategy and Risk Manager Low Emissions Resources for the Victorian Government.  The presentation covers a previous...

  • Ben Lee


    Managing Director of ReAqua Solar Pumping


    Ben is the Managing Director of ReAqua Solar Pumping. Originally from Gunnedah NSW, Ben trained as an Accountant before moving to London where he...

  • Jon Elder


    Cotton Farmer, Central NSW


    Jon, a cotton grower in Central NSW, has invested in a 500kW solar diesel hybrid pumping system for irrigating his family's farm. Previous to this,...

  • Charlie Prell


    Deputy Chair

    Farmers for Climate Action

    Charlie Prell is a fourth generation family farmer from Crookwell in NSW. He has managed the family farm for over 30 years, focusing on breeding...

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