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22 Sep 2023

Farmers workshop the bill-busting benefits of renewable energy

Farmers from across northern Victoria will come together at a series of free On-Farm Renewables workshops to hear about the benefits that renewable energy, storage and electrification can bring to their farm business and communities.

Farmers for Climate Action is delivering workshops in the first week of October for farmers and community members in Seymour, Echuca, Bendigo, Mildura and Euroa. Farmers can hear from experts in electrification and renewables, and other farmers who have made the switch to cheaper, cleaner energy.

“I’ve been talking with producers across northern Victoria who are excited about the opportunities from switching to renewables and electrifying their farms, but want to know more,” said Atienne Bakker-Szumer, Community Programs Manager at Farmers for Climate Action.

“Climate change is making farmers’ jobs harder, but primary producers are keen to do what they can to protect their business and the future of farming in our regions.

“Embracing renewable energy and storage solutions is one thing farmers can do to lower their power bills and increase their resilience in the face of a hotter climate,” said Mr Bakker-Szumer.

Key speaker Russell Klose, based in Yackandandah, brings extensive practical experience in electrification and renewables to the workshops.  A long-term regional Victorian, Mr Klose’s background is in the auto industry and he now imports used electric vehicles and consults on electrification and practical applications of renewable energy systems.

Additional local speakers will join the events, bringing information and examples to share with fellow farmers.

The workshop series will take place in the first week of October.  The events are free to any farmer or community member.  Locals can register to attend the event at the Farmers for Climate Action website here.

On farm renewables workshop times and dates:

Seymour: Monday 2nd of October, 5:30pm, The Prince Hotel
Echuca: Tuesday 3rd of October, 10:30am, Echuca Neighbourhood House
Bendigo: Tuesday 3rd of October, 5:30pm, Queens Arms Hotel
Mildura: Wednesday the 4th of October, 6pm, the Gateway Mildura
Euroa: Thursday the 5th of October, 4pm, Seven Creeks Hotel

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