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

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!


New Tesla charging station – Criterion Hotel, Sale

New Tesla charging station - Criterion Hotel, Sale

20 June 2017

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.