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Solar pumping for irrigators – tips, tricks and traps

Teleconferences – 12, 15 and 22 August

Central West Local Land Services, Landcare Central West and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage are holding a series of free teleconferences to help irrigators understand how solar pumping can support their enterprise.

Solar pumping for irrigated land has taken off over the past 12 months. Results are showing huge gains by replacing traditional diesel methods with clean energy.

The teleconferences aim to identify the tips, tricks and traps of converting to solar pumping and will allow landholders from across the region to hear direct from Narromine irrigator, Andrew Gill.

Andrew is a cotton grower who recently implemented a 100 kW solar diesel hybrid pump on his property. “While converting to solar pumping reduces cost, it can be quite complex,” Andrew said.

“I have achieved great success and reduced diesel consumption on my property by almost half.

“But I advise people to carefully consider every component when they receive a quote for solar pumping and to consider doing some of the installation themselves so they can keep costs to a minimum.”

The one-hour, phone-based conferences will be hosted by former ABC Rural reporter, Bruce Reynolds with a presentation by pump efficiency expert, Jim Purcell.

Registration is essential and closes three days before each event as places are limited.

RSVP with your preferred date to Karin Stark 02 6841 6510 karin.stark@lls.nsw.gov.au or Kylie Walker 02 6229 7137 kylie.walker@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Media contact: Brooke Kirkman 02 6850 1609, or brooke.kirkman@lls.nsw.gov.au