Solar for Australian Antarctic Division

Date Posted:11 July 2017 

Solar 4 RVs first supplied the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) with Solbian flexible solar panels and Genasun solar charge controllers for installation on Macquarie Island in 2016.  

The AAD, based in Hobart, Tasmania, is a division of the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy.  The AAD generates solar power in remote field locations for a number of different scenarios including powering VHF radio repeaters, remote radio installations, automatic weather stations and remote area power supplies.

Macquarie Island is a long, narrow, steep-sided sub-Antarctic island in the Southern Ocean forming a plateau, 34 km long and 5.5 km wide. It is located, approximately half way between Australia and Antarctica and presents a tough environment for flexible solar panels to be attached to a water tank!

We continue to work with AAD and thank them for the photo of Communications Technician Tom Luttrell standing beside the Mount Jeffryes repeater station.

Photo RS53269 Credit: Kyle Williams/Australian Antarctic Division.


Solar on Macquarie Island Antarctica      Aust Antarctic Divs Tom Luttrell beside repeater station with flexible solar panels