225月/18

Budget 2018 on Renewable Energy: Incentives for farmers to switch to clean power

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Surplus power generated by solar power pumps will be bought by discoms in bid to help the emerging green economy, proposes Union Budget 2018

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New Delhi: In a move that will help reduce dependence on diesel pumps to irrigate crops, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government plans to offer incentives to farmers to shift to solar powered deep well pump kits.

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225月/18

Irrigators switch to on-farm solar to reduce power costs

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Electrician Michael Betts designed solar panels to power an irrigation pump on this property near Childers, Queensland. (ABC Rural: Kallee Buchanan)


Farmers across Australia are choosing to invest in on-farm renewable energy sources to cut costs and reduce reliance on electricity providers.

Farm lobby groups have stepped up their campaign to reduce electricity costs on behalf of producers struggling to cope with rising prices.

National Irrigators Council chief executive Steve Whan said high costs were putting particular pressure on irrigators.

But some irrigators are taking things into their own hands and have adopted solar panels to help cut costs.

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225月/18

Ditching diesel for solar sees outback date palm farm getting more from the bore

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Ben Speirs (L), Ben Wall and the co-op’s members plan to expand the farm using diesel savings. (ABC Rural: Katrina Beavan)


A Central Australian date farm now waters its palms through a single solar-powered bore after previously consuming about a litre of diesel for a kilo of dates.

Now that the Tamara Cooperative, south of Alice Springs, has installed the new 18-kilowatt solar panels to power the farm’s water bore pump instead of diesel, it is hoping to expand its crop.

Ben Speirs, member of the Tamara Cooperative which runs the farm, said the bore can pump about 500,000 litres a day, water about 700 palms, and also supply all the domestic water used at the farm.

Mr Speirs said the pump was changed over three weeks ago, and so far things had gone smoothly.

“It’s delivering significant amounts of water constantly and silently. It’s rather magic actually,” he said.

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225月/18

Solar powered water supply a step closer for Mt Isa

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By Sophie Vorrath on November 16, 2016
A Queensland project that could deliver the state’s first solar-powered public water supply has come one step closer to fruition, after the successful completion of a pre-feasibility study.

State energy minister Mark Bailey said on Monday that the project, which will now progress to the design phase, would use renewable energy to increase the security of water supply to Mt Isa, a mining town in Queensland’s north west Gulf Country region.

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Mt Isa, while boasting a bountiful solar resource, has suffered extended drought conditions, which last year resulted in water supply being shut off to some local schools.

The solar project, which is being conducted by the Mount Isa Water Board will, is examining the use of cost-effective solar pumping to bring water from Lake Julius to the town’s water treatment plant.

Mt Isa’s water supply is usually sourced from just 13km away at Lake Moondarra. But in drought conditions, it can also be sourced from Lake Julius, which is 70km away.

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