Powering down in Victoria.
“Our power prices just kept rising and rising. We reached out to Flow Power and decided that we should try something different.
We had invested in a large amount of solar panels on our site. It’s pretty evident that we could get even more out of the solar if we worked with the wholesale market.”
Working smarter, not harder
The Victorian vineyard can have millions of dollars worth of grapes in its stores at any given time. This is why it needed a flexible power solution that would keep operations running smoothly and costs low, even during periods of peak demands.
While offers from other retailers kept increasing in price, this business realised it needed to try something new to manage its power costs.
“Irrigators across Australia are really struggling with the rising costs of power. It’s putting pressure on ever decreasing profit margins.
Buying wholesale with Flow Power meant we understood exactly what we were paying. It’s really time that businesses started to treat power like many of their other inputs from water through to seed, we wouldn’t take a price on face value without really understanding.”
Make hay – or wine – while the sun is shining.
Having invested in a large amount of solar panels and seen the benefits, this wine grower knew that they could make the most of its investment if it worked with the wholesale power market.
Grapes are seasonal crops that require heavy power use to support irrigation in summer. Vineyards are busiest in the December to May period, with little irrigation required in the winter months.
Now that it is connected to the signals of the wholesale power market, this vineyard can make smarter choices about when it undertakes its power intensive activities, such as pumping water.
“We align our pumping to the market to obviously avoid the peaks of the market but also to make sure we are exporting solar at times that the market is high. It really doesn’t happen very often but when it does, it’s great.
On top of that we weren’t paying for power from the market and we participated in the AEMO RERT program. So we avoiding the high price event and received a payment from the market for reducing our power demand.
The visibility from Flow Power has also helped us understand our network demand tariffs, and we’re looking at ways to reduce them.”