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Andrew Gill - Narromine, NSW, Australia

Solar Wins in the Quest For Efficiency

“For the past few years we have been trying to get better fuel efficiency out of our diesel turbine pumps. We found our turbines were already at their highest efficiency point, so we looked at cheaper ways to get the water out of the ground.

We decided to install a solar diesel hybrid system, which runs on solar energy when there’s sufficient irradiance from the sun, then switches to a diesel generator. Blending solar power with the diesel generator enables us to pump water at a fraction of the diesel cost. It’s a win-win: we’ve cut fuel costs and our greenhouse gas emissions.”

– Andrew Gill, cotton grower, “Waterloo”

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