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Saving energy in irrigation


Farmers can achieve significant energy savings through reviewing and modifying their irrigation and other water distribution systems. The relationship between water efficiency and energy efficiency is a key factor when designing or modifying irrigation solutions. Opportunities for savings include efficient pipe layouts, correctly sizing pumps, introducing variable speed drives and switching from diesel to electric pumps. Electricity is more cost efficient for pumping that diesel but not all farms are able to connect to the network. Alternative electricity sources such as solar photo voltaic may be a viable option in such cases.

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