Harvesting the power of the sun for agriculture

High electricity prices reduce the productivity of the Australian agricultural sector. Using solar power to reduce costs of electricity is commonly done with the electricity grid as backup. In order to deliver cheap electricity in remote areas, Solgen Energy Group offers solutions specifically designed for the agricultural sector to help in the reduction of energy costs.

Agricultural solar power generation

The obvious and practical use of solar power generation is to offset the electrical power used by the farm for various tasks from lighting through to powering agricultural machinery. Recently chicken producers discovered that solar pv helps to reduce their overall energy costs for a minimal outlay. The returns and benefits of such an investment are clear for all to see especially where margins are traditionally narrow. Farm buildings, with their large roof spaces, are ideal for the placement of big solar pv arrays and can generate quality usable power for the farm. We provide a full design and consultation service so you’ll know exactly what to expect in both generation and returns on investment.

Irrigation solar pumping

Both on and off-grid irrigators can now utilise energy from the sun by installing our new solar photovoltaic (PV) and hybrid solution, specifically designed to cater for pump requirements. Pumps for irrigation purposes are often located in areas with high and unreliable prices for both diesel fuel and electricity from the network. Investing in agriculture solar pumping will not only reduce pumping costs but also create price security for the future as a solar power system lifetime can provide low-cost energy for more than 25 years.

A hybrid system utilises the best of both generation technologies to ensure high availability and low cost electricity. With a smart regulator system to control the generator outputs, the system is able to deliver scheduled generation from the most financially beneficial generation mix.

Using agricultural solar power to offset diesel generation or high electricity costs from the electricity network creates attractive payback times while maintaining stable output. Complementing solar PV with backup diesel generation creates the following main advantages:

  • Flexible operation times;
  • Energy security for times when water requirement is critical;
  • Financial safety for future fluctuation in electricity/diesel prices; and
  • Reduce carbon footprint.

Solgen focuses on reducing the cost of electricity in the most cost effective way. Along with selected partners we have the capability to offer a tailored solution to each of our clients.

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Case studies

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Kilburney farm

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    STEP ONE

    First we consider the site’s grid electricity consumption and physical aspects of the property including solar power production potential.

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    STEP TWO

    Our in-house photovoltaic engineers design the solar system to suit the physical constraints of the site and maximise solar electricity production to optimise financial returns.

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    STEP THREE

    We manage all projects from start to finish. This includes approvals, construction, training and O&M.

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    STEP FOUR

    We manage applications for relevant government incentives and solar feed-in tariffs.

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    STEP FIVE

    We operate, maintain and monitor your solar power system to ensure it reaches its peak performance.

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