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Someone Reads my blog – and My new Solar Panels

Three replies to my first post – 2 from my mate Graham James. Graham has finished installing my brand new 5kw home solar power system. I live in Brisbane East and Graham, who lives 2 doors down offered to install the solar panels before the Government rebate fro solar finished on June 30 2012 – just in the nick of time. Graham asked if he could post details of his Tortoise Head property he is looking to sell. Now i have free electricity from my solar panels im happy to oblige. Thanks mate!

Tortoise Head Property

I would normally not post a “commercial ” notice on the net, but this one is for a project which is demonstrating renewable energy in a very tangible way. This really is a green leap; a unique accommodation business which produces 80% of its electricity from Wind and Sun. Three years ago, I formed a small consortium to buy the disused “Tortoise Head Guest House” on French Island. It seemed such a shame that this purpose-built facility, with panoramic bay views and
surrounded by National Park and beach reserve was not being used. The Guest House is the most prominent property on French Island, and has one of only two tourism accommodation permits under the planning scheme, and so not operating was also hurting the local economy. It also had Victoria’s second biggest wind generator and solar power,
solar boosted heat pump water heater, etc. and this government funded demonstration facility was also going to waste.

Well, we bought it, and it has been running as a guest house for three years, with live-in managers. The owners feel that we have achieved what we set out to achieve; to demonstrate that it can run successfully. We also know that it needs new owners to realise it’s full potential. (All the existing owners have separate, very hectic business interests which prevent us from giving this opportunity the attention it deserves ) It will suit resident owner-managers who will acquire (for about the price of a home in Melbourne):

* a home,
* a life-style,
* a 17 acre (6.9 hectare), unique investment property which
can not be built out, and
* an on-going business and income stream.

It also suits a small group of of owners, with one or more living on the
Further details are available at: