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A fair deal on energy

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The Australian Government is:

  • delivering an affordable and reliable energy system
  • putting energy consumers first
  • taking real and practical action to reduce emissions and meet our international commitments

 

Solar PV system installation - Drury Orchards

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To reduce costs at Drury Orchards in South Australia, the company installed a 24 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system. The system helps offset peak electricity use in a company which spends around 70,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year, at a cost of more than $18,000. The solar investment of $44,000 (including an $18,000 rebate) will help Drury save over $9,500 a year with a payback period of 4.5 years.  

Tank insulation - McLaren Vintners

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As the winemakers at McLaren Vintners well know, energy is used at every step of the wine making process.  Refrigeration is a big energy consumer, making insulation a crucial component in saving both money and energy. An audit found that if McLaren Vintners insulated all of its tanks (currently, 56% of 202 tanks are insulated), they could save over $45,000 a year on their annual electricity costs. The payback period on the outlay is only 4.5 years. 

Voltage power optimisation - Goulburn and Yarra Valley fruit packing

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When 2 Victorian fruit packing houses (Geoff Thompson’s and Montague’s) conducted energy audits, each found there was high potential for energy savings through the optimisation of voltage power. While the initial investment was between $125,000-285,000, the savings were significant ($54,000-$58,000 a year), and the payback period short – just 2.2 to 5.2 years. 

Variable speed drives on irrigation pumps save energy - Sunfruit Orchards

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At Victoria’s Sunfruit Orchards, 3 of its 4 pumping stations represent 25% of the business’s total electricity consumption.  An audit showed that installing a variable speed drive onto the irrigation motor in the orchard, at a one-off capital cost of $3700 would save $1510 a year with a payback period of 2.5 years.

Energy audit and refrigeration - packing shed

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The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project conducted by Apple and Pear Australia Ltd completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This fact sheet shows how refrigeration changes can cut energy use and save money.

Energy audits and lighting - packing shed

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The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project conducted by Apple and Pear Australia Ltd completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This fact sheet shows how lighting changes can cut energy use and save money.

Energy audit and grading equipment - packhouse and orchard

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The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project conducted by Apple and Pear Australia Ltd completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This fact sheet shows how grading equipment changes can cut energy use and save money.

Energy audit and changing irrigation - orchards

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The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project conducted by Apple and Pear Australia Ltd completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This fact sheet shows how changing irrigaton in orchards can cut energy use and save money.