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On-farm energy pilot projects


Farm shed showing solar panels at Pecora Dairy NSW with dirt road farm vehicle and surrounding bushland

NSW DPI is currently implementing 7 pilot projects across 9 sites to demonstrate innovative technologies and practices to improve on-farm energy efficiency, energy security and productivity and to reduce on-farm energy use, costs and emissions. The pilots are being implemented at farms located across NSW in intensive sub-sectors including dairy, horticulture and feedlots.

Technological solutions demonstrated in the pilot projects include: solar thermal chilled water storage and control systems for milk cooling; electrification of irrigation pumps powered by a solar photo voltaic tracking system raised above the ground to enable livestock grazing in the same location; solar photovoltaic and battery storage systems; electrification of LPG and diesel fuelled equipment; and, peer to peer energy trading. Once completed, the pilots will enable the dissemination of case study information to the sector more broadly and reduce risks associated with the early adoption of innovative energy technologies in agriculture.

Below is a map showing the location of the pilot sites. Click on each location to view the project description.


Proponent

Pilot project

Site location

Total project cost

DPI grant

Avondale

Electrification of grain mill; automation of grain mill; off-grid 100kW single axis tracking solar photovoltaics (PV) + 264 kWh lithium ion battery + 150kVA backup genset

Rowena

$663,550

$331,775

Dairy NSW

Solar powered chilled water storage and control system for milk cooling

Jamberoo, Jones Island, Wingham

$542,700

$271,350

Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School

Electrification of irrigation pumps and 60kW raised single axis solar PV tracking system to power irrigation pumps and demonstrate Agrivoltaics

Calala

$365,000

$182,500

Haddon Rig Stud

Grid connected solar PV with a battery backup system to supply electrical equipment to three independent electrical systems and improve reliability of electricity supply on site

Warren

$426,612

$213,306

Pecora Dairy

On farm energy generation with solar panels, flow batteries and peer to peer energy trading; electrification of LPG fuelled equipment

Robertson

$217,628

$108,814

Rosnay Organic
Wines

On farm energy generation with solar panels, flow batteries and peer to peer energy trading; electrification of diesel fuelled equipment

Canowindra

$188,227

$94,114

The Pines

On farm energy generation with solar panels, flow batteries and peer to peer energy trading

Kiama

$238,215

$119,108

TOTAL

  

$2,641,932

$1,320,967

A rigorous evaluation process was undertaken to select proponents to participate in the pilot projects. This commenced with an initial public request for proposals in September 2019 for which 21 proposals were received. The proposals were evaluated by an independent project steering committee and 11 proposals were selected to have expert feasibility studies undertaken in the first half of 2020. The results of the feasibility studies were evaluated by the steering committee against merit criteria and seven proposals were selected to proceed to pilot projects. Due diligence was completed in mid-2020, with the competitive selection process being informed by technical, legal and independent probity advice at every stage.

On 11 December 2020, the Hon Minister Adam Marshall publicly announced those projects to proceed to pilot with NSW DPI contributing 50% of total project cost with a total co-investment of $2,641,932.

Feasibility studies

Links to an overview of the feasibility case studies and summary of each of the funded studies can be found below: