Objectives & Site Considerations:
Cynthia and Nick moved from inner city Melbourne to the countryside in 2001 after stumbling upon a beautiful 20-acre property high on a hill, just outside of Seymour in central Victoria. The property had absolutely no power, and their first 2.5kW off-grid system ended up costing half that of trying to connect to mains power. In 2017 they upgraded to their current Off-Grid Energy designed off-grid system, with additional panels added in 2022. The current 16kW system, which includes a 1kW wind generator, provides power to several buildings including an on-farm cafe and accommodation for farmstay guests. Over the years they have incorporated many sustainable design concepts on the property including the construction of a passive solar strawbale farmhouse.
To have a look at what Blue Tongue Berries are doing next, reserve a table at the Cantina, or book into their Farmstay; check out their website here: https://www.bluetongueberries.au/
Average summer demand: 26kWh
Average winter demand: 26kWh
Demand surge: 4.3kW
System expansion in 2022 added an extra 8.88kW of solar with another 6kW solar inverter.
Photos courtesy of Blue Tongue Berries
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We would like to specifically acknowledge the Kaurna, Wathaurong, Wonnarua, Wiradjuri and Boonwurrung people. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.