About Gippsland Solar

Gippsland Solar - Staff team photo

Founded in June 2010, Gippsland Solar is now one of the largest solar providers in Australia. We employ over 50 staff, delivering over 1,000 projects every year for homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and Government agencies. But it’s our humble beginnings that define Gippsland Solar, and the business was established with some basic core values that remain to this day.

Our core focus is centred around “Your Energy”. We have always strived to be more than just a solar panel installer, helping you to understand and manage where your energy is being used around your home or business. With smart technology and battery storage becoming mainstream, we are able to help you take control of your energy into the future.

What does Your Energy mean?

  • Reduce your energy costs
  • Generate your energy
  • Store your energy
  • Secure your energy supply
  • Use your excess solar energy
  • Understand your energy usage

In the last eight years, we have grown our business from humble beginnings, in the 3rd bedroom of our family home in regional Gippsland. We are now the largest solar company in eastern Victoria, with headquarters in Latrobe Valley, South Gippsland, East Gippsland and Melbourne. We now also employ 50 staff across all areas of the business, including a team of 22 in-house solar electricians and labourers. This rapid growth is built on the back of honesty, integrity, and a genuine passion for giving our clients the right advice.

We have over 400 years of combined experience in the renewable energy field, and our ability to deliver challenging and complex projects is the key to our success.

Our highly experienced staff can provide advice on the following core products:

For peace of mind, we also provide remote system monitoring, which includes automatic email alerts to our office in the unlikely event of a system fault. Should we receive a fault email from your system, our fleet tracking system allows us to locate the nearest service technician, send them to investigate the issue, and ensure you are back up and running with minimal hassle.

With over 4,000 homes and businesses enjoying the benefits of a Gippsland Solar energy solution, and our experience in delivering 100-900kW systems on hospitals, schools, and businesses of all types, there is no project too small or big for our team.

When you trust Gippsland Solar to secure your energy future, you know you are in good hands.

About Andy and Kelly McCarthy

Founders & Managing Directors

Gippsland Solar Managing Director - Andy McCarthy
Gippsland Solar Managing Director - Kelly McCarthy

Managing Directors Andy and Kelly McCarthy founded Gippsland Solar in June 2010. Andy and Kelly moved to the country to start a family and, with Kelly having been born and raised in Gippsland, it was an obvious choice to move back to the region. To begin with, Andy ran the business from the third bedroom of their family home, with Kelly heavily pregnant, and a two-year-old running around the ‘office’ during business hours. With only a mobile phone, laptop and a beaten up ute, and using the family garage to store equipment, Andy set out to grow the business, relying on word of mouth and reputation to increase their customer base.

This happened faster than they had ever anticipated, with the business supplying and installing 340 systems by June 2012. This rapid growth caused them to open their first showroom in South Gippsland, and employ their first staff member.

Over the next 5 years, Gippsland Solar became easily the largest supplier and installer of solar power systems in Eastern Victoria, with over 1,000 projects delivered every year, and now employing over 50 staff. Providing a strong emphasis on culture, attention to detail, and uncompromising standards of excellence, Gippsland Solar have brought dozens of young tradesmen and women through the ranks, creating opportunities and professional development, and retaining those staff by providing them with the most innovative and satisfying solar projects in the industry.

With headquarters now in Latrobe Valley, South Gippsland, East Gippsland and Melbourne, their customers include schools and hospitals, government buildings, businesses of all kinds, aged-care facilities and more. Gippsland Solar now supplies and installs over 10 MegaWatt (35,000 solar panels) of volume every year, with the rapid growth showing no end in sight.

In recent years, the solar for business sector has grown at an incredible rate, with hundreds of 10-100kW (and up to 860kW) systems installed across the region. Gippsland Solar has installed some of the largest solar projects in the country, including:

  • 330kW system for Sale Hospital
  • 240kW system for Newhaven College
  • 200kW system for ChemPack in Derrimut
  • 200kW system for Gippsland Grammar
  • 130kW system for Safetech in Moe
  • 100kW systems  for over 30 businesses, including Morwell Bowling Club, Rotafab, Dwyers Toyota, Fishers Pallets, Sporting Legends Club, Moe, Morwell and Dandenong RSL’s, and many more.

In late 2017, we also delivered the largest solar installation on a school in Australia. The epic 862kW (2607 panel) project for Camberwell Grammar School is unique in Australia for a number of reasons, including an ‘off-grid classroom’ to encourage students to think about where their energy is coming from. Gippsland Solar’s capacity to engineer, design, install and project manage these large-scale systems is what sets us apart from the rest.

Gippsland Solar are currently delivering a 1.3MW (5,100 panel) rollout of solar installations across hospitals in Gippsland, having been chosen by the Victorian Government to deliver this visionary project.

Milestones Achieved

Over 3,000 solar power systems (approx 60,000 solar panels) installed – generating over 40,000kWh every day!

One of Australia’s largest solar companies, having won the LG Regional Dealer Award (highest solar purchases in Regional Australia) for 2016 and 2017.

Headquarters in Latrobe Valley, South Gippsland, East Gippsland, and Melbourne. Approx 50 full-time staff employed, plus sub-contractors.

In-house teams managing quoting, design, engineering, installation, project management, and post-installation energy contract analysis for our clients.

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