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January 5, 2015 10:33 pm Category: Australia & New Zealand, Latest News, Solar A+ / A-
Mackerel Island Resort is now powered off the grid

Mackerel Island Resort is now powered off the grid

A West Coast Australian eco-tourism resort has begun sourcing its electricity from an off-grid solar power station.

Mackerel Island Tourist Resort, off the coast of Onslow in Western Australia, now has a 325 kilowatt system comprising 1200 solar panels, according to a WA Business News report.

Power is stored in 512 lithium ion batteries so that power is available at night for use at the resort.

WA clean energy developers Energy Made Clean designed the off-grid power plant, following on from a similar project delivered for the Pilbara Meta Maya Aboriginal Corporation, which delivers 100kw of solar PV with a 76kWh battery storage system.

Mackerel Island chief executive Drew Norrish said the resorts popularity had created the need for more power, and a sustainable energy project was the natural decision to make.

“We wanted a system that would fit with our eco-tourism values, providing sustainable power well into the future without compromising on guest luxuries such as air conditioning and swimming pools,” Mr Norrish told WA Business News.

“It needed to be cost effective and ecologically sustainable.”

John Davidson, managing director of EMC, said the WA projects showcased a full automated and remotely monitored power generation alternative.

He said many businesses were focussed on the dual goals of sustainability, and energy autonomy.


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