Made in Morwell – our new stainless steel heat pump tanks!

23 May 2019

After years of hard work and dedication by the Earthworker team in Morwell, we are thrilled to announce that Gippsland Solar are now offering their stainless steel storage tanks with our new Reclaim heat pump.

It was an heartwarming trip to the Earthworker factory this week, seeing their dream of a Latrobe Valley manufacturing facility become a reality.

Our new solar heat pump is a game changer for solar power customers. With guaranteed performance down to minus 10 degrees, and smart technology to use excess solar power, this heat pump is the result of years of development between Gippsland Solar and our Japanese manufacturers.

Now we can also couple the heat pump with a locally manufactured stainless steel storage tank (with a 15 year warranty), for approx. $600 more than a glass lined tank.

Gippsland Solar now employ over 70 full-time staff, and nearly 100 including sub-contractors. The next phase of our business plan is to reassess our procurement across the board, and identify more local supply chains to create jobs in the valley and wider Gippsland.

We may have expanded well beyond the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland recently, but creating jobs for the local region during this transition is very close to our heart.

For more information on our Reclaim heat pump, see the page on our website

Congrats to Dan Musil, the Earthworker team, and their canine mascot Jade. You have created a tremendous opportunity for the Latrobe Valley, they legacy of which will be felt for many decades to come.

If you are considering your solar hot water options, contact us on 1300 447 765 or via our website.

Gippsland Solar & Earthworker

Where are they now? Sporting Legends

23 May 2019

Financial payback achieved in 3.5 years for Sporting Legends Club!

Gippsland Solar have been at the forefront of the solar for business industry. We installed the first 100kW system in our region back in 2013, and we are collecting many years of data across thousands of sites.

Sporting Legends Club installed a 100kW system in mid-2015, at a cost of $120,000 at the time. And after 3.5 years, they have already saved $120,000 on their electricity bills, and achieved a complete financial return.

The board at Sporting Legends were quite skeptical about the return they would see from this system (there weren’t many other systems of this size in the region). We deliberately took a conservative position, so that they would actually enjoy greater savings than we promised.

By collecting remote monitoring data over the life of the system, we were able to show them that they have indeed achieved these savings, and they are now looking to invest in another 100kW on the business extension.

Being able to prove these savings, and monitor our client’s system proactively, provides us with a great amount of satisfaction. Now we can show other businesses exactly what they will realise in savings, with a happy client like Sporting Legends to prove it.

If you are considering solar for your business or workplace, contact us on 1300 447 765 or via our website.


SEA join the team

23 May 2019

We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of industry leading solar company, Sustainable Electrical & Automation, and their incredible pipeline of large-scale projects.

Brendan Laidlaw has long been regarded as one of Australia’s foremost renewable energy experts. His team have delivered many MegaWatts of complex projects, for some of Australia’s biggest companies and organisations.

The acquisition of SEA, and Brendan’s full-time workforce of 16, takes our workforce up over 70 employees (plus two dozen subcontractors). This provides GipSol with the largest in-house workforce of any solar and storage provider in the country. We now have 38 full-time installers in-house, covering the entire length and breadth of Victoria.

With enhanced specialization in microgrids, Peer to Peer trading platforms, demand response and more, we are about to announce some phenomenal projects to the market. It’s a sizable investment on our behalf, but one that will position GipSol at the forefront of the industry, now and long into the future.

Directors Andrew & Kelly McCarthy, welcome to Brendan and his wife Fiona to the GipSol team. We can’t wait to join forces with you, and create a new benchmark for technical excellence and innovation.

Check out one of SEA’s recent projects, a spectacular and complex 201kW system at Docklands.

SEA team Gippsland Solar

Solar Victoria Rebate Update

15 May 2019

You may have seen that the Victorian Government has put a hold on the $2,225 solar rebate until July 1, 2019. Many customers have been bombarded with cheap and discounted offers, by solar companies trying to secure an instant sale.

The message we want to get out there is: DON’T PANIC! Sales companies thrive on chaos and anxiety about rebates ending, and you may likely end up making a rash decision you will regret.

Our team is taking pre-orders for installation in July (which is less than 7 weeks away), allowing you to claim the rebate when it returns. We are already booked up until the end of June with existing orders anyway, as most of the quality providers are, so there is no reason to worry.

With so many dazzling discounts and cheapened offers, it can be very confusing to know who to trust. Gippsland Solar have installed more than 5,000 systems in the local region, and employ over 70 full-time staff across the business.

Rebates and incentives may come and go, but one thing will never change. Buying from a local company, with years of history employing local staff, will provide you with the ultimate peace of mind in the long-term.

For an honest, balanced opinion on what would suit your energy needs, contact our team on 1300 447 765 or request a call back via our website.

Gippsland Solar installers

5 Years at Gippsland Solar for Grant Wyett

21 February 2019

We’ve just ticked over a significant milestone at Gippsland Solar, with our Operations Manager Grant Wyett the first employee to chalk up 5 years of service.

It’s hard to put Grant’s contribution to GipSol into words (but I’ll try anyway!). He started off as a sub-contracting electrician in 2013, when we only installed 1-2 systems per week.

Grant quickly developed a passion for the vision we had for GipSol, and the opportunities that existed within the industry. So when business started to take off, Grant had no hesitation in winding up his electrical business, and coming on board to steer our growth.

Not only has Grant gone above and beyond for us personally, but his entire family has carved an amazing legacy within the business. His wife Rebecca has worked with us as a labourer for a number of years, and has now moved into an admin role on the phones. And their son Kyle also came on board as an apprentice electrician, and has now moved to the city to oversee our expansion into the metro Melbourne market.

Grant and his family have been incredibly loyal and passionate members of the team, setting a standard that will continue to define us well into the future.

As a relatively young business, creating a legacy is very important to us. Our senior management team has remained intact since day 1, and our highly respected technical guru Shane Clayton is about to bring up his 5 year milestone shortly too.

Our founding team members hold a special place in the history of Gippsland Solar, and we appreciate everything they have done for us along the journey.

Grant Wyett Gippsland Solar

Tiny House Case Study

22 February 2019

Bigger isn’t always better!

You may have noticed that Gippsland Solar’s projects are getting bigger every week. But sometimes it’s the smallest jobs we are most proud of.

We were privileged to deliver this 3kW solar installation for our friends at modhouse / Beach House Constructions.

This remarkable home, made of 3 x 20 foot shipping containers, is less than 50 square metres in total!

For more information on this innovative project, check out https://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com

Thanks to Mark and Amy at BHC for placing your trust in Gippsland Solar. The home looks every bit as amazing as you had hoped!


3 Years Later, Battery Storage Savings Adding Up for Jamey.

23 February 2019

We have clients contact us every day, asking if battery storage makes sense for them yet.

It’s a very interesting question, and one that is different for almost every situation. For but Jamey from Glengarry, he now has 3 years of impressive savings to justify his investment.

Jamey had electricity bills of over $1,000, making solar a great investment. But when we dug a little deeper, we found that most of that usage was in the evening, which solar wouldn’t provide much help with.

Jamey decided to invest in a 14.4kWh battery storage system with his 5kW solar array. It was a significant outlay, at just over $25k, but the proof has been in the savings.

Jamie has found that his $1,000/quarter power bill has been dramatically reduced, with the summer credits offsetting the minimal winter bill, and delivering exactly the ROI we had estimated.

With nearly 300 battery storage systems installed and monitored across the region, we are now collecting huge volumes of data on the savings. We can use this data to show you the benefits of battery storage, and importantly, to determine if it does actually make sense for your situation. Get in touch with our team to find out more.

Jamey Battery Storage Gippsland Solar

New $1,000 Solar Hot Water and Heat Pump Rebate Now Available!

24 February 2019

We are excited to announce that the Victorian Government is now offering a $1,000 rebate for any solar hot water or heat pump system.

In a case of perfect timing, Gippsland Solar have just announced that our new revolutionary heat pump is now available, and installations are already rolling out. We have worked with our manufacturers in Japan to design a heat pump that is ideally suited to cooler climates like ours. It also to incorporates a software program that uses excess solar power to heat the water seamlessly. This means you will feed less of your excess energy into the grid, and avoid heating water at much higher electricity rates.

We are finding that many clients are opting for a heat pump instead of battery storage, effectively using their hot water service as an energy storage device. At less than $3,000* installed (replacing electric hot water, after the Solar Vic rebate), it’s also much more cost-effective than battery storage.

Solar Hot Water Apricus Gippsland Solar

Check out the before and after graph from a recent heat pump installation. This client’s hot water usage went down by ~80%, from 12-14kWh per day to around 2kWh per day. And by heating their water with excess solar power (indicated in yellow), the savings are even greater!

You are eligible for this rebate if you:

  • Are replacing any type of hot water service (even an existing solar water system or heat pump), provided it is more than 3 years old
  • Earned a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 in 2016/17
  • Are the owner/occupier of a home worth less than $3million

For more information, contact our team and we would be happy to discuss your options. You can also pre-qualify for the rebate at www.solar.vic.gov.au.c

Check out the before and after graph from a recent heat pump installation. This client’s hot water usage went down by ~80%, from 12-14kWh per day to around 2kWh per day. And by heating their water with excess solar power (indicated in yellow), the savings are even greater!

You are eligible for this rebate if you:

  • Are replacing any type of hot water service (even an existing solar water system or heat pump), provided it is more than 3 years old
  • Earned a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 in 2016/17
  • Are the owner/occupier of a home worth less than $3million

For more information, contact our team and we would be happy to discuss your options. You can also pre-qualify for the rebate at www.solar.vic.gov.au.

Gippsland Solar Heat Pump Graph

Solar & Battery Storage Info Night

Gippsland Solar will be taking part in a Solar & Battery Storage Information Night hosted by Latrobe City Council on Tuesday August 29, from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

The event will be held at Kernot Hall, 50-70 Princes Drive, Morwell, and will give you the opportunity to hear from industry leaders Selectronic, Tesla and Gippsland Solar.

This event is very timely, with the first shipment of Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries arriving recently in Gippsland and beginning to be rolled out across the region. Topics covered on the night include:

  • The pros and cons of battery storage
  • What does it cost, and what will it save you?
  • The different battery technologies on offer
  • The expected price and technology improvements
  • Examples of existing homes that have installed storage
  • Is it possible to go ‘off the grid’?

The MC for the night will be Darren McCubbin, Chair of the Gippsland Climate Change Network.

This is a FREE event, however we do ask you to register for catering and seating purposes via Eventbrite.


New Tesla charging station – Criterion Hotel, Sale

The Gippsland Solar team are very excited to have installed Sale’s first Tesla Electric Vehicle charging station at the Criterion Hotel. This EV charging station will be powered by the Criterion’s new 30kW solar power system!

Electric Vehicle tourism is on the rise as these vehicles become more affordable, and the Cri Hotel is well placed to capture this market. Their charging station really opens up East Gippsland and the Melbourne-Sydney coastal drive to electric vehicles, encouraging increased visitation and the economic benefits that follow.

Rich in history and grandeur, the Criterion Hotel re-opened its doors in November 2013 after undergoing immense refurbishment to restore the venue to its former glory – much to the delight of locals and travellers-alike, who hold fond memories of the hotel from years gone by. The Cri offers quality accommodation, function spaces and upmarket modern Australian cuisine showcasing the best local produce.

The team at the Cri have been a pleasure to work with, so make sure you pop in for a quality feed and a beverage, and check out their shiny new system.

Gippsland Solar - Criterion Hotel in sale installation