RACV Torquay resort – powered by Gippsland Solar!

22 October 2019

We’ve just flicked the switch on one of our all-time favourite projects; an epic 510kW solar installation on the RACV Torquay Resort. In this highly exposed coastal location, we used WINAICO solar panels, which have exceptional tolerance to high winds and salt-mist.

It was the hardest project we have ever delivered, with hundreds of hours spent following the curves in the roof design, concealing cables to ensure a clean finish, and working around the accommodation and function requirements of the resort. We are so incredibly proud of our team, who battled through the winter weather and delivered a truly amazing masterpiece.

This system is the perfect complement to RACV’s rapid electric vehicle charging station, which our team installed and was launched by Lily D’Ambrosio last month. This Chargefox charging station will recharge all types of EV in 15-30 minutes, and now it will be powered by renewable energy.

It’s an immense honour to be entrusted with delivering these projects for our friends at RACV. They are showing tremendous innovation and vision in the energy space, leading the way to a future of electric vehicles, renewable energy and smart technology.

RACV Torquay Resort

Get in now to upgrade your air con for Summer

22 October 2019

How old is your air-conditioning unit? Did you know that older air-conditioning units can use more than 4 times the electricity of a new unit? Our retail manager Mitch Richardson recently upgraded his system and was blown away by the results.

With the first 30-degree day of the Summer forecast this week and just 9 weeks until Christmas – we are anticipating a surge in interest in air-conditioning enquiries over the coming weeks and we would like to encourage you to get in ahead of the queue!

Contact the friendly and knowledgeable Gippsland Heating and Cooling team to find the best system for your home.

air conditioning gippsland solar

Rebates waiting periods slashed!

22 October 2019

Waiting times for Solar Victoria rebates have reduced dramatically, in fact, this month 100% of people who logged into the portal on October 1 received their rebate.

When the program first launched some customers were having to wait 3 months for rebates, now it is likely that we can process them in the month they apply.

There are several reasons behind the reduction in waiting time – changes to the program have made more rebates available,  and doubled how frequently they are released from monthly to fortnightly. These measures have helped to satisfy early demand for the rebates and reduced some of the pressure on the system.

The Solar Victoria program is comprised of a $2225 grant and $2225 interest free loan repayable over 4 years. With the combination of rebates currently available, over 50% of the system cost is covered in many cases. Incredibly, some systems now cost as little as $2000 after the loan and rebate!

To find out more about your eligibility for Solar Victoria rebates, contact our friendly team today.

Andy & Patricia Gippsland Solar

Solar for Gippsland Farmer Relief!

21 October 2019

As part of our Gippsland Solar Community Fund, we were thrilled to donate and install a 10kW system (valued at $15,000!) to the amazing people at Gippsland Farmer Relief.

With over 120 volunteers providing support for our farmers during this crippling drought, a little funding goes a long way for Gippsland Farmer Relief. The last thing they wanted to spend their funding on was rising electricity bills, so this donation will allow GFR to redirect tens of thousands of dollars into the areas it is most needed.

The donation of this system was made possible through the generous support by REC solar, who donated their premium n-peak solar panels, and our good friends at Fronius, who donated the 10kW Symo inverter.

All other components and installation were donated through our Community Fund, which has reinvested over $800,000 in support across Gippsland in the last 5 years.

Our Retail Manager Mitch met Melissa Ferguson from GFR during this years’ Gippsland Community Leadership Program, which they are both taking part in. It was a great initiative by Mitch to drive this project, highlighting the very leadership we want to see within the business.

Thanks to everyone who made this donation possible, and to our valued clients, who keep supporting Gippsland Solar and allowing this Community Fund to grow every year.

Gippsland Solar Gippsland Farmer Relief

More Solar Victoria rebates, but they won’t last long

28 August 2019

With the problematic introduction of the Solar Victoria rebate, we’ve seen a lot of noise in the media about what this means for solar companies. We’ve seen statements such as ‘d-day for the solar industry’, ‘the death of the Victorian solar industry’ and more.

Naturally, our existing and prospective clients have been contacting us, wanting to know how Gippsland Solar has been affected, and what our future looks like with these challenges.

We are happy to confirm that we are not just surviving, but thriving! It has been a challenging few months, but our preparation and planning has enabled us to secure a rebate for many dozens of our clients.

Our approach of being organized and ready for this new program when it opened has meant that we were able to secure an allocation for dozens of our clients.

The recent announcement that Solar Victoria will add another 23,000 rebate this year is great news for consumers, but demand is still expected to be much higher than the rebate allocations. If you are looking to secure this rebate, contact us ASAP for a chat about your options.

Many of our (so far unsuccessful) applicants are happy to wait until the first of next month to secure their position, knowing that we will give them the best chance of success. Others have given up on the Solar Victoria rebate altogether, and decided to press ahead and enjoy the savings now rather than wait in the face of uncertainty.

Our decision a few years ago to diversify into solar for business, commercial installations, EV charging stations and microgrid projects has enhanced our long-term stability. We have several months of commercial work ahead of us, and plenty of other non-rebate work.

We recognize that it is a tough time for many residential focused solar companies, but for existing and prospective Gippsland Solar clients, you can be sure that we are not downsizing. Our business was strong before this unexpected rebate came along, and it has not affected our vision or direction.

Gippsland Solar will continue to power ahead into the future, providing peace of mind for you, the client, and secure employment for these wonderful people that lead us every day.


Solar for Hospitals

28 August 2019

Our commercial team at Gippsland Solar have just put the finishing touches on this 500kW system for Wonthaggi Hospital, completing a 12-month rollout of installations across eastern Victorian health services.

At the time this was our largest contract; a 1.5MW portfolio of solar delivered across 8 hospitals and health services across Omeo, Orbost, Maffra, Wonthaggi, Sale and San Remo.

The project also included the largest installation on a hospital in Australia – a whopping 752kW system at Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale!

These were some of the toughest and most complex sites we have ever worked on, and our team had to tailor every project schedule to meet the operational requirements of each hospital.

Not only were these projects rolled out seamlessly, but we have benefited greatly from the experience, investing heavily in new processes and systems that have taken our commercial installation team to a new level.

We’ve also picked up a couple of new permanent employees from the hospitals as we rolled out the installations, further underlining the benefits of using a local provider for regional projects.

Thanks to the team at Health Purchasing Victoria for entrusting Gippsland Solar to deliver this rollout. We are very proud of our achievements, and the financial and environmental benefits that will flow to each health service for decades to come.

Wonthaggi Hospital Gippsland Solar

Reclaim heat pump – hear the difference!

28 August 2019

The term ‘heat pump’ has been a dirty word around Gippsland for a number of years. Many heat pumps have had issues with noise and reliability, because in our opinion, these systems really weren’t designed for our climate. For this reason, we didn’t have confidence in recommending heat pumps in Gippsland.

Until now.

The Reclaim C02 heat pump has been designed from the ground up for our region, with higher efficiency, minimal noise (37dB to be exact), and some smart controls to take advantage of excess solar power. By storing excess solar power in hot water, it is also a great alternative to battery storage, at a far lower cost.

We have installed dozens of systems across the region, and the results are everything we had hoped for and more. One client has seen their daily hot water consumption drop from ~13kWh per day to around 2.5kWh, and mostly fed by excess solar power.

If you are looking for a reliable, quiet, and cost-effective way to heat your water, this is the product for you.

Contact our team today for more information, or go to https://gippslandsolar.com.au/solar-hot-wa…/solar-heat-pump/.


Solar Powered Penguins coming soon!

13 June 2019

The Gippsland Solar team are proud to announce that they have just put the finishing touches on an epic 200kW system at the new Phillip Island Nature Park’s Penguin Parade Visitors Centre.

Not only did we pull out all stops to complete this project for Kane Constructions on a tight deadline, but we have been nominated by Kane for a sub-contractor Excellence Award at their gala evening in August.

We used 666 x Trina Solar mono PERC solar panels, and of course, our favourite Fronius Australia inverters.

It was a privilege to again work with our friends at Phillip Island Nature Park, where we have also installed a 100kW system at the Nobbies Centre just down the road.

We are extremely grateful to our project managers, installers and admin team, for delivering such a prestigious, yet challenging project to the highest standard.

You can check out the spectacular new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, and say hi to some of the feathered locals, when the centre opens in November 2019.

New Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Gippsland Solar

Winter heating for just 3.5kWh per day!

13 June 2019

When it came time to upgrade his heating/cooling, Our Gippsland Solar Retail Manager, Mitch Richardson, was a little hesitant. Built in the 80s, his house sits on a sloping block with up to 2m stumps at the lowest point, paper thin windows and crumby old roof insulation. The previous split system would run at full-noise to warm the home.

– Enter the LG WH24 7.1kW reverse cycle split system –

Probably as a result of his role as Retail Manager at Gippsland Solar, Mitch can be a bit of a hawk on energy usage. As such, he was a little apprehensive about putting in a new split system as he expected that a more effective unit would come at the cost of higher energy usage.

Following the installation, Mitch selected the “AI” mode and punched in 24deg, then ran a pretty gruelling test over the weekend…

Saturday 8:00am – Sunday 9:30pm at 24deg with all the interior doors open in the home; that’s 36 hours of continuous runtime!

Given the rated input of the unit when heating is approx 1.9kW, he braced himself with the expectation of around 30-40kWh of consumption.

13kWh – The total amount of energy consumed to heat an old, chilly home to a toasty 24degs for a full weekend was a measly 13kWh. To put that into context, given that their off-peak energy costs are $0.135/kWh, that was a grand total of $1.75 for the weekend, or 4 cents per hour!

By comparison, the old space heater costs just over 35c/hour to heat a single room, let along the whole home. After they factored in their solar contribution, their heating and cooling was chewed up and spat out with change.

Mitch said:
“Grant at Gippsland Heating and Cooling was super easy to work with and I had complete faith in his recommendation which has ultimately proved to be the best fit. The installers were all brilliant. Andy, Liam and Darcy were all clean, polite and efficient and despite the various challenges in this particular job, nothing was too much hassle. The electrician, Jake was happy to come in after hours to get the old unit decommissioned and the new unit all wired up. After everything was complete, Jake came in to make sure the unit was functioning and went through the operations with me too which was brilliant. Stef in the admin team was no exception either!”

You may be surprised to learn how efficient new split systems are, if you have an old split system at your home it could well be driving up your winter energy costs.

Get in touch with Grant and the team at Gippsland Heating and Cooling on 1300 17 17 60 or via the website to find a more efficient and effective way to heat your home.

Gippsland Solar's Mitch Richardson with LG WH24 7.1kW reverse cycle split system

Solar Victoria Rebates Return on July 1

13 June 2019

You may have heard the good news, but we’d like to confirm that rebates for solar power, battery storage, and solar hot water will return on July 1.

From July 1, if you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be entitled to ONE OF the following rebates:

  • Up to $2,225 off the cost of a solar power system
  • Up to $4,838 off the cost of a battery systemfor eligible postcodes (only 1,000 rebates are available)
  • Up to $1,000 off the cost of a solar hot water or solar heat pump system

The great news is that if you already have solar power or solar hot water, you can still claim the battery storage rebate – but only if you didn’t already claim a ‘Solar Victoria’ rebate in the past year.

We have been flooded with enquiries, and customers accepting quotes for installation after July 1. We currently have 35 electricians/installers working full-time, plus 6 teams of trusted delivery partners to help with installation demand, but our lead times are expected to stretch out very quickly.

We are now able to cover the rebates as a point of sale discount, reducing your upfront outlay significantly, and ensuring a much easier process to install solar under this program. Remember, you need to use a Clean Energy Council Approved Retailer (like Gippsland Solar) in order to claim this rebate.

If you are looking to secure the rebates before they run out (again), please contact us on 1300 GIP SOL or via the website for a chat about your options, and a no obligation proposal to suit your needs.

More details here:

https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/Solar-rebates/Solar-batteries

https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/Frequently-Asked-Questions

https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/Apply-for-a-rebate