At All Retreats, all of our destinations are entirely eco-friendly and self-sufficient. Minimising the impact on our fragile environment, we have utilised the latest in techniques and technology to ensure that all of our destinations maximise the natural and renewable energy resources that are abundant in the area.
We have invested nearly $2 million in solar energy systems across all of our locations. This, when coupled with our passive designs and other low impact innovations means that we are able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in energy costs, not to mention the longer term environmental savings.
Environmental sustainability and self sufficiency is core to everything we do at our All Retreats locations.
Ocean Park features one of Western Australia’s largest private solar panel installations.
The $1.2million solar power installation was privately funded by the owners of Ocean Park and secured with a loan through Keystart Country Housing Authority. Part of the cost is rebated through the Remote Area Power Scheme.
Generating 273 kW hours per day, the system powers the park during the day, with non-essential services being powered down at night.Other ecologically sustainable initiatives at Ocean Park include:
- Desalination of water through a reverse osmosis unit powered by the solar system
- Collection and storage of rainwater to augment the desalinated water
- Use of a windmill to prime pumps and also act as a giant vacuum cleaner of display ponds
- Use of energy-efficient fridges and freezers which consume 65 per cent less power than conventional units
- Technologically efficient pumps and filters that reduce energy useIn April, 2010, the Ocean Park solar power project featured on ABC Rural.
The Maitraya residence uses solar panels to feed electricity to the house.
Rainwater is collected from the substantial roof area and fed into storage tanks. The windmill then pumps the water to an elevated tank. This allows gravity to feed water to the property, eliminating the need for a powered pump.
The glass ceilings of the central atrium and swimming pool area allow the sun’s warmth into the home, providing heating for the surrounding hallways and bedrooms.
The Aviator’s Cottage is fully self contained, utilising solar power, rainwater and a septic system.
The Carbla Station homestead is powered by a solar system generating 3.6 kilowatt hours per day.
Water for the station is drawn from an artesian well. This is supplemented with rainwater collected from the roof surfaces on the property.