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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia’s World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.
The system consists of an AC – Coupled off-grid system from SMA Technology, Germany, equipped with 12 x Sunny Island Bi-directional inverters and a Multi-cluster box 12.
3 x banks of German BAE 4000Ah sealed/Gel batteries and 1 x bank of Aquion salt water batteries store the energy that the 100kW of REC panels generate through the many SMA Tripower inverters.
With a high demand for power, Lady Elliot Island took the huge step of removing their reliance on diesel powered generators which ran 24 hours a day.
With such loads as the kitchen/restaurant, the resort, dive compressors and a hungry desalination unit, it was necessary to implement not only a more sustainable energy solution but a very reliable one.
With the addition of Enertech solar’s load shedding device based on irradiance, we are now able to manage generation, storage and supply seamlessly.
Managing Director of Lady Elliot Island Resort, Peter Gash, was delighted with the results saying:
“This is another milestone for Lady Elliot Island, it is a ringing endorsement that renewables are here to stay and are just getting better, thanks go out to the Lady Elliot maintenance team and Peter Libretto from Enertech Solar as well as SMA for supporting us in our quest to achieve these remarkable results”