Our goal is to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2020.

Our solar energy journey began in 2007. The first step was an energy audit which identified actions to reduce carbon emissions, noise and the Resorts reliance on the 24hr/7 day a week diesel generator.

In 2008, our Hybrid Solar Power Station was completed which at the time was a state-of-the-art system and one of a kind in Australia. Over time, this hybrid system has been expanded to a fully commercial 3-phase system and additional solar panels, batteries and associated infrastructure has been installed.

Today the Resort is a mini solar city with 653 solar panels (166kW) & 232 batteries (29,000 amps) – capacity to run for 2 weeks on solar energy. In 2020, an additional 88 solar panels, battery bank and solar hot water systems will be installed, and we will achieve our goal of powering the Resort by 100% renewable energy!

Our solar energy program has directly taken action against climate change:  550 litres of diesel fuel saved each day which equals 538 tonnes of carbon emissions saved per year.

This significant achievement has been made possible with support from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority; the Queensland Government’s ‘Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Fund’ and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation ‘Reef Islands Initiative’

System Details

LADY ELLIOT ISLAND SOLAR POWER PANEL DETAILS
NAME INSTALLATION DATE INVERTER MAKE/MODEL PANEL MAKE PANEL MODEL PANEL WATTS NUMBER OF PANELS SYSTEM WATTS
Hybrid Power Station L1 2008 SMC 7000TL Kyocera KD205GX-LP 205 32 6560
Hybrid Power Station L2 2008 SMC 7000TL Kyocera KD205GX-LP 205 32 6560
Hybrid Power Station L3 2008 SMC 7000TL Kyocera KD205GX-LP 205 32 6560
Breezeway 2012 STP 8000TL-10 REC REC245PE(BLK) 245 32 7840
Staff Lodges 2013 STP 15000TL-10 REC REC250PE 250 60 15000
Reception 2014 STP 15000TL-10 REC REC260PE 260 60 15600
Dive Shop 2014 STP 15000TL-10 REC REC269PE 260 65 16900
Kitchen 2016 STP 15000TL-10 REC REC260PE 260 60 15600
Education Centre 2016 STP 15000TL-10 QCell Q.PRO-G2 235 235 56 13160
Phil Town 2017 SB 3000TL-21 QCell Q.PRO-G2 235 235 12 2820
Runway 2017 STP 10000TL-20 QCell Q.PRO-G2 235 235 42 9870
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt North Front 2019 STP 9000TL-20 REC REC290TP2BLK 290 34 9860
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt West Front 2019 STP 9000TL-20 REC REC290TP2BLK 290 34 9860
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt East Front 2019 STP 9000TL-20 REC REC290TP2BLK 290 34 9860
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt West Rear Future Installation
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt East Front Future Installation
Volunteer Hub Future Installation