While big city “environmentalists” are busy playing politics with renewable energy, the Nationals are busy helping farmers access new technology.

A new solar-diesel hybrid irrigation pump near Narromine is taking advantage of advances in solar technology to provide no-cost power during the day, and it shows off just how resourceful people in regional NSW are.

Thanks to funding support from the Nationals in Government’s Farm Innovation Fund and Renewable Energy Targets, this system will provide energy security for the farm.

Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the “impressive” system promised “significant benefits for irrigators in my electorate and is a positive step for drought resilience more widely”.

Mr Coulton was joined by NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant as the ReAqua pump was switched on for the very first time at Jon Elder’s farm ‘Waverleigh’.