Dairy shed heat recovery funding
Would you like to reduce on-farm costs by cutting your dairy shed electricity bill? Funding from EECA can help pay for the purchase and installation of a heat recovery system that could reduce electricity costs in your dairy shed by up to 30 per cent.
Our research shows some dairy sheds are using three times more electricity than the most efficient sheds in New Zealand. Heat recovery is generally the most cost-effective way of making electricity savings.
What's on offer?
EECA Business will fund up to a third of the cost of buying and installing a heat recovery system.
- In existing sheds, EECA will cover up to 33% of the cost of buying and retrofitting a system
- In new dairy sheds, EECA will cover 25% of the cost of buying and installing heat recovery technology
Upgrading to more energy efficient equipment (such as drive control systems and lighting) may also qualify for EECA funding.
What's the benefit?
Recovering the heat produced during the milk chilling process provides an additional source of energy which can be used by your dairy shed hot water heating system, reducing the amount of electricity needed. Lower dairy shed operating costs reduce your exposure to fluctuating milk-solid prices.
Payback on investing in heat recovery technology typically takes two to five years although it can be less than a year for large farms.
Our research* shows energy efficiency varies widely across the dairy sector. Each $ sign in the image above represents a farm (view a larger version of this image). Heat recovery technology can cut dairy shed electricity bills by up to 30%.
* The opportunity to reduce the electricity footprint of New Zealand's dairy farms - Final report of the Dairy Electricity Advisory Programme", December 2011. (MAF, EECA Business, Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd)
How does the programme work?
EECA has contracted experienced heat recovery system experts who will work with you to find the right solution for your dairy shed. They can:
- Undertake an assessment
- Recommend a solution
- Provide a free quote
- Apply to EECA for funding
- Manage installation and commissioning
- Measure your savings
How do I apply?
EECA is partnering with a number of heat recovery experts to deliver the programme. To find out more and start the process you can contact one the following companies:
Telephone: 03 307 8903
Fax: 03 307 8904
Mobile: 0274 748 489
Telephone: 03 434 7997
Mobile: 0274 331 310