The Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP) is a $30M funding program supports agricultural businesses to improve energy productivity, manage energy costs, improve reliability, and support own-generation capacity. The Plan comprises of energy assessments to facilitate farms to apply grants under the program. The plan also includes demonstrations, skills & education, and research.
Summary Solution & Methodology
Carbonetix conducted energy assessment in 157 agricultural farms across Victoria including dairy, piggery, cropping, poultry, winery and horticulture. The objective was to provide detailed and un-biased advice on energy efficiency and own-generation opportunities tailored to individual farm businesses. We also helped farms to contact the suitable technology providers.
On-Farm opportunities identified
Shadowfax Winery located in Werribee and the whole operation includes winery, vineyard, restaurant, and commercial kitchen. The winery participated in AEIP program in 2019 and a Type-2 energy assessment was conducted by CX. The major energy consumer in a typical winery is the refrigeration process which include chilling, fermentation, cold stabilisation and wine storage. Shadowfax also has a restaurant and a commercial kitchen, which consume a substantial amount of energy.
Potential savings were identified in the following areas:
Shadowfax Winery has been successful in securing grant from Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions (DJPR) for two initiatives: Solar PV and installing BMS for their restaurant.