Victorian company Meredith Dairy stands to save a third of its on-farm energy costs each year thanks to a Victorian Government grant program supporting investments in more energy efficient technology.
The family-run business has been awarded a $250,000 grant under the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP) to support its investment in a biomass energy unit, a solar power system and cool room upgrade.
The AEIP offers grants up to $250,000 to install infrastructure and technology that will make farms more competitive and protect local jobs.
Victorian Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas said the project is expected to generate over $94,000 in on-farm energy savings each year, which is almost a third of the business’s on-farm energy costs.
“Energy is a significant cost for many farmers – we are working to put money back in farmers pockets by supporting them to improve energy efficiency on-farm and take action on climate change,” the Minister added.
Meredith Dairy co-owner Sandy Cameron, commented:
“This project allows us to supply 70 per cent of our electricity requirements and all heating requirements with renewable energy, helping us to become a net-zero emissions agribusiness.”