Broiler farmer turns to solar power for cost-effective electricity

Some farmers concerned about rising power prices are using advances in renewable energy to take their businesses off-grid, and say they're motivated as much by economics as environmental concern.

A broiler chicken farm in western Victoria has become the latest to use solar power to go completely off-grid.

The idea was born after two years of drought and poor harvests.

Owner and broad acre farmer Craig Henderson said it was about making it financially possible to keep his family farming into the future.

Flyn Tracy