Off-grid cattle station goes Solar

Off-grid cattle station goes Solar

This off-grid cattle station located close to the Gulf of Carpentaria previously operated solely from diesel generators spending $65,000 per year on diesel. With our bespoke 160kWh battery and a 44kW ground mount solar system, they are now over 90% self sufficient (allowing for excessive bad weather). Our electricians have done an absolutely incredible job on this project.

Well done Chris and Nathan!

Bargara Cane Farm – Case Study

Bargara Cane Farm – Case Study

Bargara Cane Farm - Case Study

Solar Irrigation replaces expensive grid power

Bargara Cane Farm

Solar PV replaces expensive grid power

  • 80ha family-owned and operated cane farm at Bargara, east of Bundaberg

  • The farm required a total off-grid solution that reduced the running costs of the travelling winch irrigator system.

  • The family had been approached by 34 other solar companies, however only GEM Energy was able to provide a solution that met all criteria at a reasonable price.

  • GEM Energy custom-designed a high-pressure irrigation system. To ensure that the irrigation system works properly, with minimal weight losses, evaporation and pooling, a balance between water pressure and flow rate must be met by the pumps.

The Solution

  • 55 kWp ground mounted solar array, comprised of 208 x Q CELLS Q.PRO G4.1 265Wp panels.
  • Replacement of the single high-pressure 37 kW winch pump with two smaller pumps (15 kW and 17 kW) responsible for independently controlling water pressure and flow rate.
  • Installation of a specially designed variable speed drive which coordinates the pumps, ensuring that they only function under the correct conditions.
  • The full system is designed to allow up to six hours of full operation per day; more if a lower water pressure is used.

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Bundaberg Wholesale Palms – Solar Irrigation Case Study

Bundaberg Wholesale Palms – Solar Irrigation Case Study

Bundaberg Wholesale Palms

Solar Irrigation Installation

  • 11.5 kWp of Solar PV for Irrigation

  • 20 kWp of Solar PV for general use
  • 7.5 kW solar pump drive for feeding water to crops

  • The larger system size ensures that enough power is produced to offset all costs.

  • If the customer had chosen a 7.5 kWp system to match the size of the pump, they would only come close to offsetting their usage in the middle of the day when the solar system is peaking.

  • Customer also plans to add a second pump to the system further down the track.

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