Agenda 2024

Mon 6th Feb

8:00 am

EXPO open

Mon 6th Feb

8:45 am

Coffee session
AgRack - Innovations in agrivoltaics, raising solar for crops and cattle

  • Tyler Lloyd, Mid West Agrivoltaic Systems (US, Missouri) via Zoom

Mon 6th Feb

9:00 am

Introduction and housekeeping

Karin Stark, Conference Founder / Director Farm Renewables Consulting

Mon 6th Feb

9:10 am



Mon 6th Feb

9:25 am


Cathy McGowan, Chair Agrifutures, former Independent, sixth generation farmer

Mon 6th Feb


Morning tea

Mon 6th Feb

10.30 am

Farmer Showcase

Farm electrification, a New Zealand case study

Mike Casey

Biogas meeting the energy demands at a sustainable piggery

Laurie Brosnan

Solar in horticulture at Coolmunda Organic Olives

Katie Baker


Mon 6th Feb


The national energy transition -

coexistence, decommissioning

  • Elton Miller, Executive Director, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Caitlin McConnel, farmer and Senior Associate, Clayton Utz
  • Queensland Renewable Energy Council (QREC)

Mon 6th Feb

12.15 pm

Financing renewables

Adele Maguire, Green Energy Group

Stefanie Di Trocchio, Smart Ease


12.25 pm

12.30 pm


Mon 6th Feb

1.20 – 2.20 pm

Breakout sessions

1. The energy transition, agriculture and regional development


  • Queensland community sentiment towards renewable projects and how Powerlink is responding

David Shankey, Deputy Director-General, Department of Energy and Climate Queensland



2. Farm energy audits and outcomes


  • Different types of audits explained

Anne Dansey, Agriculture Energy Investment Program

Charlie Bell, Tocal College

Andrew Chamberlin, Queensland Farmers Federation


3. Bioenergy – opportunities for agriculture


Bernadette McCabe, Centre for Agricultural Engineering (CAE)

Mark Wallace, EnergyLink Services


  • Q&A

Mon 6th Feb

2.30 pm

Future vehicles and fuels presentation and panel

Ben Mitchell, New Holland

Johnny Wapstra, Seed 2 Diesel

Mon 6th Feb



Mon 6th Feb

3:40 pm

How solar Power Purchase Agreements can generate off-farm income
plus a solar pumping case study at a flower farm

Huon Hoogesteger, Smart Commercial Solar

Mon 6th Feb

3.50 pm

Replacing LPG at a chicken farm

Brad Donovan, Ground Source Systems 

Mon 6th Feb

4.00 pm


Mon 6th Feb

4:20 pm

Storage and the grid

Glenn Springall, Energy Queensland

Mon 6th Feb

4:40 pm

Sponsor Wrap up


Mon 6th Feb

4:55 pm

Close and evaluation

Karin Stark

Mon 6th Feb

5.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Networking with exhibitors. Canapes plus wine from Squires and olives from Coolmunda Farm.

Mon 6th Feb

5 July 2024

Mon 6th Feb

9.00am - 12.00pm

MacIntyre Wind Farm Tour
(optional, ticket purchase required)