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Off Grid Multi Unit Resort: Fraser Island

Off Grid Multi Unit Resort: Fraser Island

The energy operating overhead for the property was slashed from over $80,000 each year to something less than $8,000 which represents the hot water and cooking energy costs.

The client approached SPS Energy to undertake urgent repairs on the stand alone power system that powered the resort.  Under adverse conditions of storm and tide, SPS Energy was able to cobble the system together to restore some level of service which required predominantly a generator backed storage system with some solar PV augmentation.

Once it was apparent that the system had prematurely collapsed due to poor design, the tough decision was made to completely refurbish the installation retaining only the existing solar panels.

As the resort is a commercial operation, loss of supply was not acceptable and so SPS Energy designed an installation schedule that permitted partial installation to provide continuity of supply, so that the old system could then be removed to provide the space to accommodate the rest of the new system. 

The total time the property was without power was limited to less than two hours, during which the supply connection was transferred from the old to the new system.

The energy operating overhead for the property was slashed from over $80,000 each year to something less than $8,000 which represents the hot water and cooking energy costs.

SPS Energy continues to work with the clients to reduce this overhead even further.

The payback period for this installation was less than three years, with an anticipated operating life in excess of ten tears, after which the battery set will require replacement.  The solar PV plant is expected to operate for over twenty years and the inverter set has a design life of fifteen years.

The client now has a more profitable and competitive business as a result, can offer continuous power to their guests and is protected against increasing energy costs.

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