The Victorian Government is supporting Victorian farmers to invest in new equipment and technology to improve sustainability and reduce energy costs with the rollout of new Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today welcomed the latest recipients to receive the grant including the following across Northern Victoria:
- LR & G Corso Pty Ltd from Kyabram will receive $46,505 towards installation of a 20kW solar PV system, a 15kW solar PV system, soil moisture monitoring system and variable speed drive for pump to create energy savings.
- Gillingham Hay Supplies from Wandella will receive $50,000 towards installation of 37kW electric pump with variable speed drive, stock and domestic pump, soil moisture monitoring system, suction lint filter, irrigation system automation (including new 12 valve controller); fertigation system, electricity upgrade and 15kW solar PV system to create energy savings.
- Selman Orchards from Shepparton will receive $24,297 towards installation of 100kW solar PV system, LED lighting upgrade and variable speed drives to create energy savings and reduce mains electricity use.
- R & J Sellwood from Undera will receive $15,000 towards an irrigation pump upgrade to reduce diesel consumption.
- RG Webb Pty Ltd from Numurkah will receive $29,575 towards installation of a 35kW solar PV system on the dairy shed to reduce mains electricity use and electrification of a diesel-fired water pump to reduce diesel consumption.
- FR Gattuso Orchards from Cobram will receive $4,500 towards installation of a variable speed drive on an existing pump to create energy savings.
- Ryanag Pty Ltd from Yarrawonga will receive $50,000 towards installation of a 97kW solar PV system to reduce mains electricity use.
The grants will support farm businesses complete projects to improve their energy efficiency, reduce on-farm costs and maintain their competitiveness. Grants have been awarded to farms across the agricultural sector – including dairy, sheep, horticulture and viticulture producers.
The grants process will now be streamlined for dairy farmers applying for small energy grants, who will now be able to receive grants for eligible equipment without requiring an on-farm energy assessment.
This allows dairy farmers facing particularly challenging seasonal and market conditions to apply directly for a grant of up to $50,000 by selecting from a list of pre-approved items.
Farm businesses applying for smaller grants will now be able to apply twice for the maximum combined value of $50,000 allowing them to access support more efficiently and better plan ahead for their businesses.
The Agriculture Energy Investment Plan has been designed to strengthen industry’s ability to adapt to changing energy conditions and provides:
- $5 million for energy efficiency assessments on farm
- $20 million in grants to support farmers invest in energy efficiency and own generation technology
- $1.5 million to demonstrate energy efficiency and own generation measures on farm
- $2.5 million to link farmers and businesses to information, education resources and apps
- $1 million in research to commercialise research for the farming sector.
For more information on how to apply for assessments and grants, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“We’re making sure we can best support farmers to save on their energy bills and make their businesses more efficient – it’s important that we undertake thorough energy efficiency assessments so farmers can get the best cost savings.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes
“We’re proud to be helping Victorian farms move into the future with projects that will bring costs down and make our agriculture industry sustainable for many years to come.”