Farmers think different
As energy prices soar, Australia's farmers have had to rethink their energy strategies. Irrigation pumps need energy and electricity prices have soared so time for a rethink. Solar doesn't work at night when most irrigation takes place (less evaporation loss). Wind tends to be low at night also.
Most farmers don't have a few million dollars spare for batteries. My friends in Queensland tell me they are installing new diesel plant to run their irrigation. It's the lowest cost alternative to electricity. Whoda thunkit? Green energy initiatives lead to increased demand for diesel.