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West Australian Dairy Farm Uses Solar Panels

The installation of Solar panels on a West Australian dairy farm has helped reduce the cost of electricity by 40% in peak periods and saved thousands of dollars.Greg Norton, the manager at Capel Farms stated that electricity bills on the farm had increased by 65% since 2008.

He stated that he then decided to install a 30-kW solar system as a means of cutting his electricity costs.

“[The solar quote] looked too good to be true,” he said.”So we tried it – and it was pretty good.”

Mr Norton said the cost of installing panels ranges from$55,000 to $60,000, which he said was the main cost of the project and he expected the installation to “pay for itself” in electricity cost savings within the next five years.

The solar panels were installed on a shed roof at the farm in July 2014.Mr Norton said since the panels were installed, he had seen a 40% reduction in his highest electricity costs and a total energy cost saving of approximately 15%.He said he had worked with a private renewable energy provider and his energy company to arrange prices.

Mr. Norton has approved solar to be 100% cost-effective and has therefore recommended anyone else, either businesses, households, considering turning to solar to engage in a conversation with their energy provider.

“You actually have to look at your power company,” he said.

“Because sometimes they will want to charge you more if you put solar panels on your roof.”

Mr Norton stated the solar panel installed on his roof had also helped him evaluate and examine the efficient energy utilization on the farm.

Based on this experience we recommend most entities and households to get more involved in solar, since it’s the cheapest and most affordable.

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