Using LED Lighting, Dragon Fruit Orchards Save Nearly Half Of Their Electricity Bill Each Year
Jun 19, 2018

Tainan City, Taiwan Bureau of Agriculture devaluation dragon fruit LED lighting subsidy program, in addition to allow farmers to respond to saving, but also to adjust dragon fruit overproduction decline. Xie Mingshu, head of Pin Li Farm, who grows a netted dragon fruit, said that the farm had replaced all traditional energy-saving light bulbs with LED lights about 4 years ago, saving nearly 50% of electricity annually compared with the past.


Xie Mingshu planted 15 hectares of net type dragon fruit. He said that with traditional energy-saving light bulbs, 1 hectare required 2,500 light bulbs, and the two-month electricity tariff was nearly 50,000 yuan (NTD, the same below). The orchard was replaced with LED all four years ago. Light bulbs, now 1 hectare of electricity for two months as long as more than 20,000 yuan, it is a lot of provinces, and LED light bulbs are more environmentally friendly. He said that this type of LED light bulb is actually a "plant growth lantern for outdoor use". The adoption of a transparent lamp shade can increase the illumination and flowering rate, as well as prolong the ripening time of crops and avoid the birth period and wind disaster.


The Bureau of Agriculture pointed out that the planting area of dragon fruit in Tainan was from 321 hectares in 2015 to 356 hectares in 2017. This year he tried to promote the replacement of lights and invited farmers to save energy and reduce carbon from planting equipment.


The Bureau of Agriculture said that it now plans to spend 940,000 yuan. If farmers replace more than 2,500 traditional energy-saving light bulbs per hectare, they will be replaced by 12-watt (watts) or more LED bulbs, which will subsidize one-third of the purchase price per hectare, to 8 Ten thousand yuan is the ceiling.


The Bureau of Agriculture said that the price of an LED light bulb is about 100 yuan. Although it is more expensive than traditional light bulbs, it can help farmers save a lot of electricity bills over a long period of time. It can also achieve a flowering effect to adjust the production period and stabilize production by lighting.


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