Aerial view of solar panels installed on an ocean-side Wye River home.

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Mike decided to build a new home in Foster, near Wilson’s Promontory. His plan was to build his dream home, and also two Bed & Breakfast accommodations.

This property is over a kilometre from the electricity grid and when Mike contacted the electricity distributor for a quote to connect the mains, he was shocked to discover it was going to cost over $70,000.

Instead, our experienced off-grid team designed a tailored solution, complete with premium panels installed on a ground mounted frame away from the house and a bank of batteries that could power the home for 5 days, without needing to recharge. We also included an automatic backup generator, just in case. The system was installed in a purpose-built shed with ventilation, and the electricity was then trenched 80 metres up to the property.

All this was delivered for less than the cost of the cost of connecting mains electricity!

Mike is now running his home and the B&B’s completely off the grid, with clean energy and absolute peace of mind that he has secured his ongoing electricity costs. Even with all the appliances running in the properties, he still rarely has to use his generator backup.

"We are thrilled with our new off-grid solar system! Clean energy, no ongoing costs for connection and supply from the grid, the pricing was comparable with that from the local energy supplier install and no poles and transformer to put up. The decision to go with an off-grid system was a no brainer for us. Thanks Andy, Shane & team!"

- Mike, Foster

Key numbers*

Solar panels

8 kW solar panels ground mounted


48 V 1000 Ah batteries

Energy production

Approximately 10,000 kWh per annum

Carbon savings

Approx. 12 tonnes of carbon saved each year

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*The statistics for RACV Solar customers have been calculated based on the following assumptions: the site's prior electricity consumption and tariffs, 3D modelling software for commercial and complicated residential sites (identifying shade/structures that impact performance), local sunlight irradiance and climate data, Victorian grid electricity emissions intensity factor of 1.12 kg CO2 eq / kWh, and average home system size in Victoria.