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Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort Solar Hybrid Power Station

The improvement in amenity and comfort has been enormous.

  • Client Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
  • Type New Build
  • Location Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
  • Industry Sustainability
  • Completion 2010
  • Cost $0.6M

The Leaseholders of Lady Elliot Island were faced with spending a small amount of money to improve the acoustics of an antiquated power generation installation or spend a larger amount to improve the acoustics dramatically whilst gaining a huge ongoing advantage in electricity costs. The marketing advantage in providing a green alternative is augmented by an architectural solution that speaks strongly of its function and provides an interpretive learning outcome that complements the formal environmental education that Lady Elliot provides its clients.

Described by Phillip Follent, Queensland State Architect, as “spectacular”, the Lady Elliot solar hybrid power station was awarded a State Commendation for Sustainable Architecture in the 2010 RAIA Architecture Awards.

The system allows the substantially smaller, quieter generator to be shut down at night. The improvement in amenity and comfort has been enormous. Diesel costs have been reduced by 60 – 70%, a saving that will continue to grow as fuel costs increase. Expansion of the system can be achieved anywhere on the grid, allowing solar panels, wind/tidal generators etc to be considered as technology improves.

Awards

  • 2010 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards - State Commendation for Sustainable Architecture