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MARCH 2020
     

 


Camperagent dealership

'Something had to be done'

Dealer powers its way to solving problem of high electric bills

By Dennis Amor
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A MAJOR RV dealership in South Australia has waved goodbye to soaring electricity bills ... by setting up its own power plant.

The family-owned Camperagent RV Centre in Adelaide put on its thinking cap and has come up with a state-of-the-art hybrid solar and battery storage system to efficiently power the whole site.

Dealer principal John Munro told Caravanning News that something had to be done because as the business expanded it was meeting "excessive" electricity bills.

"So, over the last year we have been setting up and doing research and development," he explained.

"Not just to protect our operation from blackouts which have become a problem in SA in recent years but also to make use of the Adelaide sunshine and reduce our need for fossil fuel-dependent power from the grid."

Mr Munro said he and brother Daniel have young children and were interested in having a sustainable and environmentally-conscious business that was forward thinking and hopefully making a better future for their next generation.

Camperagent power plant"We have rainwater collection and re-use at both our sales and service sites and SA Water-approved wash bays to recycle and reduce waste going out to storm water," he said.

"The sales department is not actually connected to the sewer and uses a septic system to recycle and water all our landscaping ... our RV dealership looks more like a tourist park than a caravan yard!"

Mr Munro said the dealership had strict waste recycling policies and encouraged sustainable practices.

"And we know that lots of our customers and suppliers feel the same way these days," he said.

Camperagent RV is a dealer for Avida, Lotus, Concept, Newlands, Hitch Hika and Paramount caravans, and often has more than 200 new and used caravans and motorhomes on display..

It employs around 50 staff, operate seven days a week and uses fully-electric Tesla vehicles, which run on the sunshine-powered system and are never plugged into the grid.

"Now we have completed and tested this new system and have all the software and support in place, we have formed a new company called Power Tech Energy," Mr Munro said.

"It has the specific purpose of promoting and implementing this sustainable technology for other like-minded companies interested in making their sites sustainable and less reliant on the grid power," he explained.

"Power Tech Energy can supply and implement custom energy solutions to the RV industry and associated businesses.

"Any commercial property or business owner that has high power use and network charges and is interested in visiting our site to discuss their options are welcome to contact us."

Mr Munro was reluctant to reveal the cost of the new power system, saying: "We would not go into that level of detail publicly."

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