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

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

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 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!