RACV powers up
RACV is investing in the power of renewable energy as part of its commitment to a clean energy future.
As the government places energy efficiency at the centre of its 2020 budget, with incentives encouraging households and businesses to harness the cost-saving benefits of renewable power, RACV has quietly been doing just that.
Over the past two years, RACV has rolled out an ambitious energy-efficiency plan, installing more than 5500 rooftop solar panels across its resorts, club facilities and offices, switching to LED lighting and upgrading to energy-efficient air-conditioning systems. The program, which also includes a new 250 kilowatt-hour battery at RACV’s Torquay Resort, has lowered the company’s carbon emissions by an estimated 5000 tonnes a year – the equivalent of taking more than 1600 cars off the road.
Complementing these initiatives, a contract with Snowy Hydro energy distributor Red Energy to supply RACV’s remaining electricity needs means RACV’s offices and leisure properties are now entirely powered by renewable energy.
RACV’s managing director and chief executive Neil Taylor explains it’s all part of the company’s objective to support a clean energy future. “We are passionate about clean energy and recognise that our members also want to lower their carbon emissions. We want to make it easier for people to achieve that,” Neil says.
To this end, in December last year RACV acquired one of Australia’s largest solar system installers, Gippsland Solar, merging the 10-year-old Latrobe Valley business with its existing solar operations under the RACV Solar name. Led by Gippsland Solar founder Andy McCarthy, the merged solar business has grown rapidly in the past 12 months, quadrupling the size of its Melbourne warehouse, doubling the number of installations to 40 to 50 a week and expanding across Victoria and beyond.