Farmers, specifically fruit growers including grapegrowers, are seeking more flexible ways to manage their power.
They’ve looked into solar, wind and other energy efficient options, but ultimately realise that these strategies are not enough to offset rising fixed-rate contract prices.
Wholesale energy to the rescue.
With Flow Power, several fruit growers took on their tailored solutions to better control their energy use. With direct access to the National Electricity Market, these businesses achieve significant long-term savings.
By reducing or avoiding energy intensive activities, such as pumping during high price periods, irrigators are instantly in more control. The impact on operations is minimal. And their energy charges remain lower in the long run.
Fixed-rate contracts just don’t offer this kind flexibility for your operations.
Over the past six years, Flow Power has been working with a South Australian almond and grapegrower to help their business get more out of their electricity.
“We’ve been with Flow Power since 2010 and we are very much in front with our electricity costs. As growers of almonds and grapes in the volatile SA market, we find it especially beneficial and simple to add a cap over the hot periods to keep costs under control,” the grapegrower says.
In that time, the business achieved significant savings – just by having the insight of when and how to control their energy output.
With Flow Power’s Freedom solution, the grower aligned their energy intensive operations with the low pricing periods of the market. This allowed them to save more than 30 percent on energy costs.
Flow Power sends the grower SMS and email alerts whenever a high price event is predicted in the market. This gives them ample time to postpone non-critical operations – like pumping to a dam – until the event is over.
Flow Power has the tools and expertise to help you master the power market.