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Spicers Retreat Eco Cabins

100kW Off Grid

CEC Design and Installation Award Finalist 2020

Set in the midst of the Main Range National Park in Queensland, the off-grid system for Spicers Retreats Amphitheatre Eco Cabins has been designed to meet the highest environmental standards as well as showcase a prestigious level of luxury. The Amphitheatre side is spread out over 9 buildings, including 6 cabins, 2 washrooms and the main pavilion. Solar panels are installed on all buildings and the energy is fed back through DC cables to the main pavilion where the solar inverters are located. The equipment used includes Australian-made Selectronic Battery Inverters, Austrian Fronius Solar Inverters, BYD Lithium batteries, SunPower Solar panels and Tigo Module Optimizers. Furthermore, all of these components can be easily, quickly and safely dismantled.

 

Challenges

The project presented multiple challenges. Access to the site was only possible via 4X4 trucks, shading from trees affecting power generation had to be worked around rather than removed, the 2019-2020 bushfires barred access to the area and was followed a few weeks later by heavy rain. As the site was located amongst protected national parkland, no trees on the site could be cut down to reduce shading over the solar system. Instead, the GEM Energy Team created a detailed map of the shaded areas and simulated how our system would work around them. Overall, the designing, building and installation of this two-of-a-kind system has only been achieved through the determination of the GEM Energy Team to deliver on our commitments to our highly valued client.

 

Solution

The Amphitheatre side is spread out over 9 buildings, including 6 cabins, 2 washrooms and the main pavilion. Solar panels are installed on all buildings and the energy is fed back through DC cables to the main pavilion where the solar inverters are located. All of the components used can be easily, quickly and safely dismantled. To match the brief of our client, the solar array and all other hardware associated with this had to be aesthetically pleasing and had to fall in line with the excellent workmanship of all other contractors on site.

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