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
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
"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
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
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
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,"
"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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