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Transforming Australian agriculture with clean energy

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The Federal Liberal Government has released a new guide offering 51 practical things that farmers in Pearce can do to reduce on-farm energy use, operating costs and carbon emissions.

The current drought is putting significant financial and emotional strain on farming families across Australia. The Federal Liberal Government is focused on providing practical assistance.

The Transforming Australian Agriculture with Clean Energy guide provides advice around the likely cost of investing in technologies including energy storage, building insulation, pump upgrades, and solar PV to improve on-farm productivity and address environmental management challenges.

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the guide gives farmers practical insights into the many ways clean energy and energy efficiency can help reduce energy usage and improve productivity.

“Ideas can be as simple as discussing energy bills with retailers to negotiate a better deal, to upgrading refrigeration equipment to reduce energy consumption and emissions, or looking at biogas production to replace fuel sources, manage waste and reduce emissions,” Mr Porter said.

Farmers in Pearce will be eligible to access $50 million in Energy Efficient Communities program grants in early 2020 to help with the cost of improving energy efficiency practices and technologies in the ways outlined in the guide.

Up to $10 million has been allocated to eligible dairy farms in recognition of the impact that high electricity costs are having on a sector that must milk and then chill its product.

The National Farmers Federation and Clean Energy Finance Corporation have partnered to develop the guide.

A full copy of the guide is available at cefc.com.au