Murray Valley farmers take charge of energy

8 Aug 2019

Murray Valley farmers can learn to cut energy costs at free Farm Energy Forums developed by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), with support from Dairy Australia and NSW Farmers.

DPI Energy Efficiency Solutions research officer, John O’Connor, said forums at Corowa (Tuesday 27), Finley (Wednesday 28) and Buronga (Thursday 29) have been tailored to meet the needs of farmers in the Murray region.

“Livestock producers, horticulturists and irrigators will gain energy market insights, explore electricity saving opportunities and learn about new opportunities to integrate alternative energy sources,” Mr O’Connor said.

“We will run through the network set-up, power usage, charges and how to best manage energy to reduce your costs.

“The forums will highlight renewable hydrogen energy and look at how livestock waste can be used to generate methane, adding ‘poo power’ to supply farm energy.

“Experts will discuss options for solar pumping, solar diesel hybrid systems and battery storage units, which can help reduce reliance on traditional electrical and diesel power sources.

“Farm machinery, new technology and efficient tractor use can all help save costs and boost productivity.”

With input from NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Local Land Services, the forums aim to directly deliver information to farmers about financial assistance programs, support and opportunities to help improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.

Details of the free Farm Energy Forums coming up in the Murray Valley region:

  • Tuesday 27 August - Corowa Old Flour Mill (9.30am - 4pm)
  • Wednesday 28 August - Finley Returned Soldiers Club (9.30am - 4pm)
  • Thursday 29 August - Buronga Midway Function Centre (9.30 am - 3.30pm)

Secure your place at an information-packed forum now by contacting John O’Connor on 0412 359 084 or Please RSVP for catering purposes.

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