Collaboration gets practical
In an Australian first, in 2018–19 the CEFC and the National Farmer's Federation (NFF) collaborated to back ready-made clean energy solutions for Australian farmers, with the twin goals of increasing on-farm efficiency and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. In a practical new guide for Australia’s 85,000 farming enterprises, the CEFC and the NFF identified 51 opportunities where farmers can reduce their energy bills by improving energy efficiency and switching to renewables. The investment commitments start at under $10,000, making them cost effective at a time of farm stress and drought. The potential energy efficiency technologies range from variable speed drives and smart controls to best-in-class tractors and refrigeration equipment. Renewable energy solutions include increasingly cost-effective solar PV as well as on-farm microgrids, which are particularly relevant in remote areas.