Queensland Farmers’ Federation’s (QFF) Energy Savers Program, Darling Downs Cotton Growers Association, Central Downs Irrigators, Cotton Australia and Cotton-Info are hosting a field day to provide information that will help irrigators make informed decisions about energy efficiency and solar pumping technology.

The Cecil Plains Irrigators Field Day will be held on Wednesday 7 September 2016 in Cecil Plains and will include presentations from local farmers and experts in irrigation efficiency and renewable energy.

The field day will provide a comprehensive insight into how growers can monitor and improve their energy efficiency.

Topics will include the findings from on-farm energy efficiency audits, irrigating with solar power, the latest tariffs and pricing of electricity, diesel efficiency and how this all links to the myBMP Energy Module.

QFF President and Cecil Plains cotton grower Stuart Armitage said the Energy Savers Program was run in conjunction with Ergon Energy and was designed to assist farmers reduce energy costs.

“The program is designed to support the accelerated adoption of improvements in on-farm energy use that will lower energy costs for farmers and producers,” Mr Armitage said.

“QFF and Ergon are currently conducting targeted audits of on-farm processing such as heating, cooling, lighting and irrigation as well as assisting farmers to identify potential savings and provide information on financing options.

“Cotton specific case studies from these audits will be presented to growers so we can answer questions and discuss energy efficiencies that can be applied to their business.”

Mr Armitage said the field day was about ensuring growers knew about the existence of technologies that could reduce electricity and water use along with associated costs.

“The Energy Savers Program is designed to help farmers find the right solution for their needs and to encourage them to make the right investments to improve their bottom line.”

The Energy Savers Program is delivered by Ergon Energy in partnership with QFF. It is funded by the Queensland Government.

WHEN: Wednesday, 7 September 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (AEST)

WHERE: Cecil Plains Hall – Geraghty Street , Cecil Plains, Qld 4407

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