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Australia's 1st Solar Powered Resort

Hidden Valley Cabin's Solar History
Hidden Valley is not on grid power, the McLennan’s have tried to develop ideas to decrease their generator use therefore saving greenhouse gases but still giving their guests an optimum experience. In 1986 they installed 12 volt battery lighting in the cabins for guests to have lights once the generator was turned off. A battery charger charged these batteries while the generator was running. In 1988 12 volt lighting was installed in the shop and entertainment area. This then progressed to their house in 1997 and they decided to develop a small 12 volt system that would power only a few small appliances such as lighting and television.

in 2000 an 3000-watt inverter, 2 x 24 volt battery banks, with invertors for powering larger electrical appliances, 3 x 12 volt battery banks for lighting and 4 x 80 watt solar panels were installed.  This system only allowed us to farm power and was not practical and not giving our guests an optimum experience.

sunset over the solar panels
Solar Sunset at Hidden Valley Cabins


solar array

Our Solar System
Hidden Valley Cabins successfully applied through the federally funded, Renewable Remote Power Generation Scheme and has installed a stand alone solar system to run the entire resort 24 hours per day. The system consists of 12 KVA inverter, 90 x 130 watt solar panels delivering 120 volts DC into 60 x 2 volt 1660 amph batteries.

We have also included an interpretive centre for customers to explore the operational aspect of renewable energy, timelines on the development of the project and suggested ideas on how the consumer can help with the fight against climate change.

There will be interpretive signage throughout the entire resort so guests can walk through at their leisure learning about the system and piecing together the story.

Our Claim
Hidden Valley Cabins and Tours are Australia’s 1st carbon neutral accommodation and tour company operative on renewable energy.  Hidden Valley Cabins and Tours has completed in-house audits following the guidelines set down by Climate Friendly to reduce all carbon emissions. After reducing all carbon based emissions Hidden Valley Cabins & Tours purchased carbon credits to offset the rest of the operational activities to make Hidden Valley Cabins and Tours the first accommodation and tour business in Australia to be Carbon Neutral.

Significance of Project
The team at Hidden Valley Cabins are committed to reducing green house gases therefore contributing to combating the effects of climate change and changing the consumer perception. This project alone will save 26 000 L of diesel or 78 tonnes of CO2 emissions. The CO2 emissions produced by the LPG gas the resort uses for hot water and cooking will be accounted for and we will purchase carbon credits to offset this, therefore the entire resort will be carbon free.

Launch Party
Hidden Valley Cabins is an award winning eco friendly resort, we are Australia's 1st carbon neutral resort and tour company and operate on 100% solar power .

On Friday 4th April 2008 Hidden Valley Cabins had a LAUNCH PARTY for their Solar Power System and Interpretive Centre. We had 90 guests attend the launch and the Hon Ben Callcott (Mayor of Charter Towers Regional Council) performed the official opening of the centre and solar system.

Please visit our LAUNCH PARTY page to view photo's and details of the event.

 

Ben Callcott cutting the ribbon to open the interpretive centre

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Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and the Queensland Minister for Tourism Desley Boyle present Hidden ValleyCabins with an award for
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and the Queensland Minister for Tourism Desley Boyle present Hidden Valley Cabins with an award for
leadership in Sustainability.

PHOTOS


The team that all helped build the solar system - Gary, Adrian, Trevor, Ian, Bonnie, Chelsea, Ross $ Chris

The team that all helped build the solar system - Gary, Adrian, Trevor, Ian, Bonnie, Chelsea, Ross $ Chris


The inverter with installer, Adrian

The inverter with installer, Adrian

The team testing the inverter

The team testing the inverter

The solar array

The solar array

A cold beer after a hard day's work

A cold beer after a hard day's work

The two solar array's that power the resort

The two solar array's that power the resort

Chris connecting the 60 x 1660 amp hour batteries

Chris connecting the 60 x 1660 amp hour batteries

The frames that the solar panels are attached to

The frames that the solar panels are attached to

Inside battery and control room

The inverter and data switchboard

This solar project was installed by Rainbow Power Company, please click on their logo to view their website.

 


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