Power factor correction - Woodburn Orchard

Publisher: 
Australian Government
Date: 
September 2014
Authors: 
Apple and Pear Australia Ltd
Type: 

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. From March 2013 to February 2014 the pack house and cold stores consumed over 488,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity at a cost of approximately $138,000. The biggest opportunity for Woodburn to reduce electricity costs is to optimise its ‘power factor’. Site saving opportunities:
• save up to $3500 a year, with an initial capital investment of $8500
• payback period of 2.4 years.