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Solar 4 RVs attends 2016 'Women in Industry Awards'

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Owners Trish and Phil Chapallaz attended the awards dinner at the Showtime Event Centre at Melbourne’s South Wharf.  Trish was a Finalist in the Business Development category.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners; a diverse range of very successful women across the engineering, mining, manufacturing and commercial road transport industries.

Solar 4 RVs Launches their new PREMIUM RANGE of flexible solar panel range with ETFE

Thursday 1 September 2016

Solar 4 RVs has taken delivery of their new premium range of lightweight, flexible solar panels.   They incorporated the latest ETFE technology as the top layer plus a robust textured surface.  They will not discolour or degrade from exposure to environmental pollution, UV light, harsh chemicals or extreme temperature variations ensuring a long service life.  


Solar 4 RVs supports mentoring program for young secondary school women

Monday 29 February 2016

Co-owner Trish Chapallaz is featured in the February KnoxBiz publication to highlight the launch of the mentoring initiative by Knox Council's 'Be Inspired' program. 

Women business leader are encouraged to mentor young women in secondary school by joining the formal program organised by the Knox Economic Development team.

Solar 4 RVs featured in online Business article

Wednesday 20 July 2016

MyBusiness magazine online edition has featured our start-up and growth in an article "How personal need creates business opportunity". 

The Q&A style profile by Adam Zuchetti highlights our start-up, evolution and growth.  Winning the Optus MyBusiness Award 'Sustainability Initiative of the Year' and being acknowledged as a game-changer for off-grid solar by tackling the most unusual requests is very rewarding. 

The article also mentions how we operate with integrity and have a commitment to maintaining high standards of products and service.  This generates trust that has resulted in a continually growing B2B clientele.

Solar 4 RVs featured in 'Sails Magazine' 

February 2016

The article starts with: "The distributor of the solar panels used by Maserati and other racing yachts has won the 2015 Optus My Business Award for sustainability".  It goes on to say that "Solar 4 RVs, incorporating Solar 4 Boats, was publicly recognised for its sector leadership..."

“Solar 4 RVs is the only company in Australia specialising exclusively in solar power solutions for mobile applications, including commercial, marine and recreational vehicles, offering a unique advice and design service”. 
Click here or on the Sails magazine logo image to read the full article.

Phil and Trish return from Solar Power International Conference and Expo in USA

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Solar Power International (SPI) is the major solar event for the year. Our attendance let us: 
• Liaise with industry experts, leaders, and professionals;
• Meet suppliers and manufacturers face to face;
• See products and samples;
• Attend education sessions;
• Find out about new trends and innovations;
• Receive updates on policy developments. 

Finalist:  'Women in Industry Awards' June 2016 

Winner:  Optus 'MyBusiness Awards' in the category 'Sustainability Initiative of the Year' - November 2015

Winner:  3AW Momentum Energy 'Small Business Success Award' - July 2015

Selected:  2015 Victorian Government 'Face of Small Business' - August 2015

Featured:  business.vic.gov.au website as small business success case study

This page provides a brief overview of our activities in 2016.  ​​We post interesting news snippets on Facebook and also post specials or new products so if you would like to be kept up-to-date Like us on the right.

Trish Chapallaz Finalist in 2016 'Women in Industry Awards' 

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Co-owner/Founder Trish has been announced as a Finalist in the ‘Business Development Manager of the Year’ category which recognises the achievements of women working in any Australian industrial sector. 

Solar 4 RVs™ designs solar system for School-in-a-Box project

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Sustain Education Art Melanesia (SEAM) Fund's very 1st School-in-a-Box, for Kokoda Track Foundation (KFT) teacher training college in Kou Kou is on its way to Papua New Guinea.  The box is packed with books, art supplies, book-making materials, stretch canvas roof, water collection storage bladder and a solar system provided by Solar 4 RVs.

Our kit contains two 120W flexible solar panels, two controllers (one for each panel) and an inverter plus a 200Ah LiFePO4 (lithium) battery with Battery Management System. Owner Phil donated many hours to designing the off-grid system and assembling it in a compact easy to use way to suit the ‘box’.

School in a Box is designed by Stephen Collier Architects in Sydney.   SEAM supports small community-based projects in Papua New Guinea, the largest of the Melanesian islands of the South-West Pacific. As a small organisation with few overheads, all donations made to SEAM go to support community projects.

Box image courtesy SEAM fund Facebook page

Solar 4 RVs sponsors Lisa Blair's epic Antarctic circumnavigation with solar

Monday 24 October 2016

Solar 4 RVs is sponsoring Lisa Blair to become the first female to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop and unassisted. 

Solar 4 RVs at forefront of quality with ETFE on their new flexible solar panels

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Our commitment to quality and using the latest technology continues with our current manufacturing run utilising a film of ‪ETFE‬ on the surface.

Ethylene-Tetra-Fluoro-Ethylene (referred to ETFE) is made from an artificial high-strength fluorine polymer, which is corrosion resistant, highly stain resistant, highly elastic, is easy-to-clean, has high light transmittance, and boasts long service life.  The film is transparent and very lightweight with a thickness of only 0.5 millimeter.  It will not discolour or degrade from exposure to environmental pollution, UV light, harsh chemicals or extreme temperature variations.  Sunlight reaching the solar cells is a key component of efficiency. Due to the non-adhesive surface properties of the ETFE, these panels are less likely to hold pollutants which can block the sun as deposits of dirt, dust, and debris do not stick and are washed away by the rain resulting in a “self-cleaning” effect.

Solar 4 RVs Updates and News 2016

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Solar 4 RVs features in Touring Australia Magazine 

Friday 28 July 2016

Solar 4 RVs features in the 2016 Winter/Spring Edition of Touring Australia magazine. 


What does it take to win an award? 

Friday 26 July 2016

Solar 4 RVs appears on page 10 in the July Edition of MyBusiness magazine.  Titled 'Up Close' the question and answer style article speaks to Trish Chapallaz about "What does it take to win a My Business Award".

Solar 4 RVs won the prestigious Optus MyBusiness Award for Sustainability Initiative of the year in November 2015.


Lisa Blair's launch hosted by Dick Smith

Thursday 24 November 2016

Solar 4 RVs co-founder Phil met with Lisa Blair at D'Albora Marina, The Spit, Sydney prior to the official launch today hosted by Dick Smith.  Lisa sets sail for Albany WA soon in her bid to become the first female to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop and un-assisted.

The 8 solar panels are installed along with 8 charge controllers.

We first appeared in 2014 and the editor felt we had achieved so much since our article it was time to highlight our success and growth. 

Thank you to Touring Australia magazine for featuring us.


Solar 4 RVs contributes to Corporate National Tree Day 

Friday 24 July 2016

KnoxCouncil, in conjunction with Planet Ark ‪National Tree Day‬, hosted another corporate tree planting event this year. Solar 4 RVs has participated annually since its inception.

Trees are the lungs of the planet, giving us fresh clean air, storing carbon, providing shade and habitat for wildlife. No matter how busy we are, dedicating a few hours in nature for the environment is good for our wellbeing - physically, emotionally and mentally, and ethically. There are community events every year so why not participate and feel great.

Last year close to 300,000 Australians participated in Tree Day activities at 3,626 sites helping to plant 1.2 million native trees, shrubs and grasses valued at $5.6m in volunteer labour dedicated to green outcomes.


Solar 4 RVs™ opens new showroom, warehouse an offices

Wednesday 27 January 2016

The new offices, showroom and warehouse in Rowville are now operational. 

External signage is still to be installed and the showroom displays will be refined over the coming weeks.  There is still quite a bit to add such as a racking storage system but it is exciting to have more room.

We have three reserved car parking spaces at the front of our premises and a further three reserved parking spaces facing Kelletts Road in front of the Test and Tag offices.

Along with Solbian Italy we have jointly supplied 8 SolbianFlex solar panels and 8 Genasun boost solar charge controllers.  She is currently fitting out her zero carbon emission yacht 'Climate Action Now'. ​

Solar 4 RVs increases R&D capability 

Friday 26 February 2016

The new offices, showroom and warehouse in Rowville has had the external signage and warehouse racking installed this week.  This has provided room for a dedicated workshop area for product testing and research and development. 

As well as trialing new products, owner Phil Chapallaz designs circuit cards, develops product firmware/software enhancements and devises technical solutions for unique customer solar applications.  Interesting projects at the moment 'pop-up' classrooms for Papua New Guinea, all-electric tourist boats for the Swan River in Perth, and salmon farm solar.

Solar 4 RVs, Solar 4 Boats featured in 'Marine Business World Magazine' 

February 2016

Winning the "Sustainability initiative of the Year" category at the '2015 Optus My Business Awards' has certainly generated publicity and affirmed our sector leadership in solar system advice and products for the Australian caravan and boating sectors.

Click here or on the Marine Business World magazine logo image to read the full article.

​Lisa will become the third person in history to achieve such a challenge which is made extremely difficult due to large waves, aggressive storm systems, ice and exposure to the icy waters and the cold.  

She aims to complete the 16,400 nautical-mile circuit, unassisted, in 90 days and break the record of 102 days, one hour, 35 minutes and 50 seconds.  

We will provide updates on her progress.

Co-owner Trish facilitates mentoring information session for local women business leaders

Thursday 18 February 2016

Co-founder Trish Chapallaz had the pleasure of facilitating an information session for successful and inspiring business women today in preparation for them mentoring Year 11 secondary school students through a Knox Council mentoring program.

The program aims to inspire, guide and enhance the student’s current perceptions and expand their skills and knowledge and professional and interpersonal skills outside of the school environment. Mentors role-model professional language and behaviour and foster creative thought and challenging of ideas.

Students benefit from hearing about the highlights and challenges of their mentor’s career and business and begin to recognise universal workplace competencies.

The mentors will share knowledge and experience that will assist the student throughout their life journey and provide encouragement and inspire confidence for the student to grow their own vision.