WA farmers get rebate for solar and wind powered water pumps


$20,000 rebates available: The Program provides rebates of up to
$20,000 per pastoral station, community and town that chooses to
install solar pumps and windmills instead of diesel or petrol pumps.
With summer approaching, the time is ripe to be thinking about water
requirements for the months ahead.

High performance and reliabillity: The range of renewable energy
technologies has proven to provide the high level of performance and
reliability sought by farmers for water pumping applications. The
situation of fluctuating fuel prices and supply is another good reason
to consider purchasing a solar or wind powered water pump. Government
rebates to help meet the up-front capital costs of renewable energy
water pumping systems make them excellent alternatives to diesel and
petrol options.

Reductions in maintenance hassles: Farmers and pastoralists who
have installed renewable energy technologies have reported that common
problems associated with diesel and petrol pumps, such as ongoing
operation, maintenance and fuel costs, are reduced where renewable
energy technologies have been installed.

More Information: The Renewable Energy Water Pumping Program is
expected to continue until June 2006. More information: Sustainable
Energy Development Office, visit http://www.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au/pages/rewp.asp or phone Maureen Boyle on 9420 5673.

Farm Weekly, 24/11/2005, p. 20

Source: Erisk – www.erisk.net 

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