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!