Peak representative body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom has partnered with energy consultant, Websters Group to deliver Energy240, a new program that aims to assist Queensland horticultural growers identify and realise energy savings and productivity improvements.
 
Growcom CEO David Thomson said, increasing energy costs are a concern for many horticultural businesses.
 
“Energy240 is about assisting growers to reduce energy costs by supporting the accelerated adoption of improvements in on-farm energy use,” Mr Thomson said.
 
“Results from a recent audit of 10 horticultural businesses found five out of the 10 were facing increases in costs due to key Ergon tariffs being phased out in 2021 with increases ranging from $4000 to $28,740 per year.
 
“Feedback to-date with this issue is that growers are not aware of potential cost increases or solutions to reduce costs.
 
“To fill this gap, Growcom has partnered with Websters Group to provide industry leading expertise at a fraction of the cost.”
 
Websters Group Managing Director, Ryan Dillon said energy efficiency is a simple yet often overlooked strategy to improve resilience and farm profitability.
 
“For one site in Mundubbera, $64,000 per year in cost savings were obtained through simply adjusting energy tariffs at no cost,” Mr Dillon said.
 
“There is a clear strategic advantage in adopting energy efficient practices and technology within horticulture.”
 
“Websters Group is pleased to be working with Growcom on this exciting new program to help capture the opportunities energy efficiency presents to the horticulture sector.”
 
Through Energy240, growers will receive via a remote audit:

  • A detailed review of energy billing
  • Analysis of cost savings through changing energy tariffs
  • Review of potential cost increased through planned tariff changes (Ergon transitional tariffs)
  • Discussion of potential options to improve efficiency and offset potential cost increases
  • 1.5 hours of dedicated phone support with an Energy Management Engineer
  • Concise report that outlines finding and what to do to reduce current and future costs.

“We strongly encourage Queensland horticultural businesses to consider participating in this program with most expected to save at minimum $2500,” Mr Thomson said.

Growers looking for more information on Energy240 or wanting to participate can register online: www.growcom.com.au/energy240