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 801 solar panels (209kW) & 234 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.

We aim to run our Resort on 100% renewable energy. This is dependant on the weather, time of the day and demand. Click here to see how much renewable energy we are currently using.

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 AS AT 5:59PM SUNDAY 24th OCTOBER 2021
NAME INSTALLATION DATE PANEL MODEL GENERATED TODAY
(kwH)
GENERATED YESTERDAY
(kwH)
PANEL WATTS NUMBER OF PANELS SYSTEM WATTS
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt West Front 2019 REC290TP2BLK 48.13 43.94 290 34 9860
Hybrid Power Station L2 2008 KD205GX-LP 35.17 35.84 205 32 6560
Hybrid Power Station L3 2008 KD205GX-LP 31.00 32.69 205 32 6560
Breezeway 2012 REC245PE(BLK) 40.79 40.96 245 32 7840
Staff Lodges 2013 REC250PE 77.69 75.22 250 60 15000
Reception 2014 REC260PE 76.38 81.83 260 60 15600
Dive Shop 2014 REC269PE 90.25 85.82 260 65 16900
Kitchen 2016 REC260PE 83.11 80.09 260 60 15600
Education Centre 2016 Q.PRO-G2 235 77.68 73.02 235 56 13160
Runway 2017 Q.PRO-G2 235 52.46 48.91 235 42 9870
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt North Front 2019 REC290TP2BLK 51.01 48.69 290 34 9860
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt West Front 2019 REC290TP2BLK 48.13 43.94 290 34 9860
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt East Front 2019 REC290TP2BLK 52.93 51.67 290 34 9860
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt West Rear 2019 REC295TP2BLK 48.68 44.77 295 34 10030
Hybrid Power Station Gd Mt East Rear 2019 REC295TP2BLK 53.39 52.00 295 34 10030
Volunteer Tents 2019 REC295TP2BLK 127.97 123.74 295 88 25960
Total Number of Panels 801 210070