The St George Hotel in St George, Queensland, Australia is now solar powered, with a 50kW solar array now providing power to the hotel and adjoining motel.
The St George, a classic “Aussie Pub” in the outback style near the Balonne River, has been pondering going solar since 2014 when it put the project out to tender, eventually settling on project manager Solar Choice after evaluating two competitive options.
The hotel’s system uses Trina panels and inverters, but in compliance with grid-connection rules for the Ergon Energy network, the system will not export excess solar power to the grid.
After overcoming challenges related to designing the arrays to fit the roof while maximising system output, the project came online last month.
In February this year Club Med launched Finolhu Villas, a new eco-chic exclusive resort in the Maldives, featuring solar generated power to the resort. Last year also saw the Kimi Ora Eco Resort in New Zealand install a 40 kilowatt solar system, the largest of its kind in the region.