Even Cattle Farmers are Doing It

Queensland cattle farm goes solar, cuts grid power consumption in half

Major beef producer and exporter, Teys Australia, will save upwards of $77,000 a year and cut its grid power consumption in half, through a combination of solar generation and energy efficiency upgrades.

The energy overhaul at the company’s 30,000 head commercial feedlot, located near near Condamine on Queensland’s Darling Downs, was conducted as part of the Queensland government-funded Energy Savers Program.

The program – a collaboration between the regional grid operator and the Queensland Farmers Federation – aims to cut energy costs for the state’s agribusiness sector.

After a detailed energy audit by Energetics, a 300kW roof and ground-mounted PV system was settled on, and installed by Solgen and ERM Power.

The PV, which was fully commissioned over the past couple of months, now provides up to half of the feedlot’s electricity needs and will reduce its peak demand from the grid by 30 per cent, according to Beef Central.

“The solar farm has been a huge win for our facility, and the local community,” said Teys Condamine feedlot general manager Phillip Lambert. “It’s allowed us to reduce grid electricity by 50 per cent and carbon emissions by a similar amount." Everyone should try it according to Teys, if it works for a farm it can work for you. What's stopping you? Start saving now : www.ImpulseAustralia.com/bmp

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