Aerial view of Ocean Grove house fitted with solar panels.

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Nestled amongst beautiful established gardens and native trees, Barry lives in Ocean Grove. When he decided to get solar panels, his sole motivation was to save money.

So our Geelong team designed an 11kW solar system for his home with a Fronius inverter and sleek Sunpower solar panels. Sunpower panels were perfect for Barry’s home because, not only do they look good, they come with a market-leading 40-year warranty and, with his home located near the coast, they’re built to withstand the harsh salt air.

It only took a few months with his solar panels for Barry to realise he wanted more from his system. Saving money was still an important driver, however, he wanted back up power in the event of a power outage too.

So Barry got in touch with us again, this time to have a battery installed as well.

"We opted to supply the back-up power to the lights in three areas of the house. This would ensure we were not left totally in the dark and still have television power available," said Barry.

We went with a Tesla Powerwall, and Barry saw the benefits almost immediately.

"We’re seeing a great reduction in electricity bills and, when we did have two separate power outages, the back-up system kicked in seamlessly and worked perfectly."

- Barry

Key numbers*

Annual savings

$3000 saved each year (approx.)

System capacity

11.7 kW solar system

Energy production

42 kWh average daily solar energy produced

Components used

Solar panels

36 x SunPower Maxeon P3 325W all back solar panels


1 x Fronius Primo inverter


1 x Tesla Powerwall

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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.