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.
The Woodburn Orchard’s facility in Batlow New South Wales produces and packs around 4000 tonnes of apples a year. Woodburn is classified as a large enterprise when compared to other orchards that were audited.
This guide outlines the key considerations for the development of an energy-mass balance (EMB), a method for accounting for the energy and material flows within a resource processing site. It was designed for corporations to meet the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program but can used by any large energy user as a guide on how to effectively develop an EMB.