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Murray farmers take charge of energy

By Southern Riverina News

Local farmers will have the opportunity to gain new perspectives on energy generation and management at a free Farm Energy Forum next week.

The forum, which was developed by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), with support from Dairy Australia and NSW Farmers, will be held at the Finley RS Club at 9.30am on Wednesday. 

DPI Energy Efficiency Solutions research officer John O’Connor said the forum - which will also be held at Corowa on Tuesday and Buronga on Thursday next week - have been tailored to meet the needs of farmers in the Murray region.

“Livestock producers, horticulturists and irrigators will gain energy market insights, explore electricity saving opportunities and learn about new opportunities to integrate alternative energy sources,” Mr O’Connor said.

“The forums will highlight renewable hydrogen energy and look at how livestock waste can be used to generate methane, adding poo power to supply farm energy.

“Experts will discuss options for solar pumping, solar diesel hybrid systems and battery storage units, which can help reduce reliance on traditional electrical and diesel power sources.

“Farm machinery, new technology and efficient tractor use too, can help save costs and boost productivity.

“Of particular value, we will run through the network set-up, power usage, charges and how to best manage energy to reduce your costs.”

Attendees on the day will also receive 90 per cent subsidy on future energy training/coaching bookings, funded by the NSW State Government.

With input from NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Local Land Services, the forums aim to directly deliver information to farmers about financial assistance programs, support and opportunities to help improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.

Secure your place at for the information-packed forum now by contacting John O’Connor by email john.o’connor@dpi.nsw.gov.au or by phone on 0412 359 084.