Battery Storage: On Grid or Off?

24 February 2018

Battery storage installations are booming across Gippsland, more than doubling in the last six months.

One of the questions we are often asked is ‘Should I stay on the grid or disconnect?’

There are pros and cons in both situations, but with service charges and electricity rates rising at incredible rates many customers are opting to stay on the grid for now but install a system that allows them to disconnect in the future.

But be warned: not all battery systems can be taken off the grid later. This impressive 10kWh storage system in Woodside features the Selectronic SP Pro, a unique system that can handle any future requirements.

You can install solar and battery storage now, add more batteries, a wind turbine or a generator later, and choose to disconnect from the grid at any time without changing any components.

Best of all, the Selectronic SP Pro has been manufactured right here in Mooroolbark, Victoria, for over 20 years and the team at Gippsland Solar have worked with Selectronic to constantly improve the features and innovations in their product.

With uncertainty around future energy costs, the SP Pro provides complete flexibility for now and for years to come.

For more information on the Selectronic SP Pro please follow this link, or contact one of our knowledgeable staff.

Selectronic-SP-Pro - Solar Hybrid with Off-Grid Backup

New face at Gippsland Heating & Cooling

New face at Gippsland Heating & Cooling

22 February 2018

Grant Riordan is taking the reins at Gippsland Heating & Cooling!

We have an exciting new announcement for Gippsland HC, with long-time colleague and friend Grant Riordan coming on board at the start of the year.

Grant moves into the Business Development role at Gippsland HC and Gippsland Skylights, to steer the rapid growth of these booming businesses. He will be managing our installation and sales team, and also looking after our key builder and architect accounts.

As a Sales Rep for Middy’s Electrical for 12 years, and looking after our Gippsland Solar electrical account for a number of years, Grant has always gone above and beyond to give his clients an exceptional experience. His product knowledge, and more importantly, his burning passion for customer service has shone through in every dealing we’ve had with him.

Your heating and cooling system can account for up to 40% of your energy costs, so it’s worth considering how old your system is and whether an upgrade to a more efficient system may not only make your home more comfortable, but also save you money in the long run.

If you’re looking for a split system, ducted air con, or ducted gas heater, give Grant a call on 1300 17 17 60, or go to

Gippsland solar - Grant from Gippsland heating and cooling

Solar for Camberwell Grammar

Australia's largest school solar system

22 February 2018

We are incredibly proud to announce that Gippsland Solar is currently installing a 862kW (2,650 panel) solar power system on the roof of Camberwell Grammar School in Canterbury. This is largest solar project on any school in the country!

The tendering process for this project was intense and we were thrilled just to make the final cut, let alone be awarded the tender. However, the level of detail we have put into this project, including 3D drone modelling, and immensely detailed electrical and structural engineering secured our success, and will set the bar for future commercial solar projects.

The Camberwell Grammar install is the fourth large-scale private school installation we have completed in the past two years, with others including Gippsland Grammar, Newhaven College, and a handful of public schools. Our ability to work within the parameters of school holidays is key to our success. In addition, we are introducing several educational components to the Camberwell Grammar project, including 2 “off-grid classrooms.”

The solar system on Camberwell Grammar will deliver a whopping 1GWh (1 million kWh’s) of clean energy per year.

Our team of 14 commercial installers are staying in Melbourne to install this project and we are thrilled to be able to offer these local guys such an incredible experience, through professionalism and sheer hard work they have represented Gippsland Solar so well on this monumental project.

A business is only as good as its staff, and we are fortunate to have the very best on our side.

Click here for a case study on the Camberwell Grammar School installation

Gippsland Solar testimonial - camberwell school solar installation

How battery storage can help the grid

How battery storage can help the grid

Battery storage is advancing fast, enabling more solar-powered households to store their excess energy for use in the evening. This not only helps to control their energy costs by avoiding peak rates, but also ensures that they will still have power in the case of a blackout.

Earlier this month Tesla and the South Australian Government announced a plan to install solar panels and batteries on more than 50,000 homes to build the world’s largest virtual power plant. Utilising solar and battery storage systems on Housing Trust properties will generate and store much-needed energy which can be drawn into the grid in periods of high demand.

Gippsland Solar have been speaking to the State Government about rolling out a similar program in the Latrobe Valley using similar technology, empowering local households to store their solar electricity, and contribute to the grid when demand is high.

Reposit smart controller lowers your energy costs by understanding how and when you use electricity – helping you to use energy the way you want to and selling your stored electricity back to the grid for a premium price.

How it works:

  • A small control box connects to your home’s solar panels and battery
  • The box monitors and predicts your energy use
  • The software also gathers local weather predictions and monitors the electricity market
  • When power prices peak, the system automatically sells excess energy stored in your battery back to the grid, earning credits and lowering your household bill.

Gippsland Solar can help you determine whether a Reposit system is right for you, please contact us via our website for more information.

The next step for your solar system

The next step for your solar system

18 December 2017

Amid growing concern over electricity costs, we are finding more and more of our customers are going to great lengths to regain control over how they use their energy and harness the true potential their solar systems.

The Solar Analytics device is a metering tool fitted into your switchboard that takes a Solar PV owner from being a passive owner with basic generation monitoring, to a fully engaged and conscious energy guru. Not only will your generation figures be clearly outlined in an easy to read format on your laptop or smart device, customers will have access to consumption data, performance reports, energy calculators and much more!

According to recent studies, up to 51.8% of solar panels are not performing at any time! Using local weather data, site specific installation details and several clever little algorithms, faults, failures and under-performance are detected and diagnosed almost instantly meaning that you can have peace of mind knowing that your system is doing exactly what it was designed to do and continue to save you money!

Clean Energy Council Approved Retailer

Clean Energy Council Approved Retailer

11 December 2017

We are excited to announce that Gippsland Solar has been certified by the Clean Energy Council as an Approved Solar Retailer.

This means that our systems and processes have been thoroughly audited by the industry’s peak body, and found to demonstrate best practice within the solar industry. This gives peace of mind to our existing and prospective clients that they can place their trust in Gippsland Solar.

The CEC Approved Solar Retailer program is not something you can simply buy your way into. Almost half of applications have been rejected by the CEC, and there is currently less than 50 Approved Retailers across the country (including only one other based in eastern Victoria).

Gippsland Solar have committed to having our systems and processes audited regularly and thoroughly, ensuring that we maintain the highest standards. We have always believed that our product and service represents the gold standard in the solar industry, so it is nice to have that backed up by the industry regulator.

Fishy Pub goes solar

Fishy Pub goes solar

11 December 2017

The iconic, art-deco Fish Creek Hotel is a much-loved landmark on the way down to Wilsons Prom. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the ‘Fishy Pub’ offers up an extensive menu of seasonal, local produce highlighting the best of Gippsland’s food and wine.

For Kevin Peavey, who co-owns and runs the hotel alongside his wife, Karyn, and brother, Terry, the decision to install solar was not so much driven by environmental concerns, but by the realistic advantage the install would have on the business’ bottom line.

The electricity needs of the venue are extensive – powering a nine-bedroom motel and seven hotel rooms, along with a bistro that runs large cool-rooms, seven freezers and fifteen fridges, plus heaters, air-conditioners and bain-maries. Mr Peavey has described the decision to reduce their electricity bills via solar power as a ‘no-brainer.’

The Gippsland Solar team installed the 92 panel (25 kW) system in September. The system will produce 90 kWh a day, covering 25 per cent of the hotel’s usage, and resulting in a projected saving of $239,000 over 25 years.

As part of the deal, the team also installed a free Tesla charging station, which improves the network of charge stations in Gippsland and in-turn encourages this high-end clientele to explore Gippsland and stop in for a feed at the Fish Creek Hotel.

When we ran a social media article on the solar and Tesla charging station project, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) contacted us, and ran an article in their ARENA Wire magazine. Not only are the Fish Creek Hotel enjoying the savings from their solar installation, but they have also reached over 50,000 readers and gained some free publicity!

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

New Gippsland Solar showroom

New Gippsland Solar showroom

11 December 2017

Gippsland Solar’s new showroom is now open!

This new showroom and warehouse at 8 Stratton Drive, Traralgon, is just around the corner from our previous premises, however it is about 7 times the size and is a direct result of the business doubling in size in the last 12 months.

The new Gippsland Solar showroom is designed to be a fully interactive experience, allowing our clients to touch and feel a real working solar and battery storage system (with a TV display on the wall to show the performance). We also have a fully functional solar hot water system, and a ‘dark room’ so you can experience the benefits of a Solatube skylight.

While the rapid growth of Gippsland Solar has been very satisfying, we were bursting at the seams, and this co-investment by Regional Development Victoria has allowed us to fast-track our the employment of new staff.

Since we committed to building this facility 3 months ago, we have created 9 new local jobs, with another 5 in the pipeline. This growth would not have been possible without the strong support from RDV, Latrobe Valley Authority, and Latrobe City Council.

We’ve recently expanded outside of Gippsland, with our reputation taking us far and wide across Victoria. We’ve enjoyed the ride, but we are just getting started, so we look forward to the day when this new facility is too small for us.