The Kangaroo Island Airport Visible Solar Project was Commissioned in November, 2013

The 4 dual-axis Solar Photovoltaic (PV) tracking system was installed by Ingenero Pty Ltd as part of a $500,000 project funded by RenewablesSA (Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy) and implemented by:-

  • Regional Development Australia, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
  • Kangaroo Island Council
  • Ingenero Pty Ltd
  • Nissan Fleet

Key Facts:

  • Peak Capacity: 50kW
  • Panels: Trina 250W Polycrystalline
  • Inverters: Power-One Aurora
  • Mounting: MecaSolar Dual-Axis trackers
  • Annual Output: 100,000kWh

The solar array tracks the sun throughout the day increasing annual output by more than 30% compared to a fixed north facing solar PV system.  This system produces more than 100,000kWh each year – enough to power more than 13 average homes.

The output of the system offsets the electrical consumption of the Airport, and in combination with an additional 14kW Solar PV system at the Council Chambers in Kingscote, also supports the charging of 3 emission-free Electric Vehicles on Kangaroo Island.

Electric vehicles

Two (2) Electric Vehicles can be hired at the Airport via KI Transfers
Pease Contact: Peter Wyatt, KI Transfers on 0427 887 575 for bookings and re-charge rates.

Where do we charge the vehicles?

The Electric Vehicles can be charged at charge points located at the Airport, Kingscote (Council car park), Penneshaw (adjacent Community Business Centre), American River (camping ground adjacent to entry to boat ramp) and Parndana (adjacent Parndana Town Hall). Please refer to map at the bottom of this page. The Electric Vehicles can also be charged using a normal household power socket.

For further information please see KI Council Solar Brochure(1400 kb)

What is the cost?

KI Transfers will explain the costs to their customers.

How to charge a vehicle?

Each Electric Vehicle will have a ‘charge card’ for use at a charge point – please follow the prompts on the charge points and refer to information sheets in each vehicle – for further assistance contact KI Transfers or Charge Point on 02 9313 2910.

For the general public who may wish to use a charge point for their own car - they will need to contact Charge Point on 02 9313 2910 to arrange for a ‘charge card’ to use a charge point – the cost is as follows:

  • Quarter session charge (1.5 hrs) - $4.20 inc gst
  • Thereafter an hourly charge of $2.80 per hour (inc gst)
  • Full session charge capped at 7 hours and $16.85 inc gst

Plan your trip

Please plan your trip carefully – a fully charged vehicle will give you up to 120km range – it will then take you around 7 hours to fully recharge the vehicle; around 3 hours for a ½ charge and around 1.5 hours for a ¼ charge.

Ideally, the vehicle should only be used for short trips in proximity to the above charge point locations.

Vehicle break-downs/accidents

Please contact KI Transfers on 0427 887 575.

Further Information

For further information about this project please contact Customer Service on 08 8553 4500 or email kicouncil@kicouncil.sa.gov.au.


Kangaroo Island Council | 43 Dauncey St (PO Box 121) KINGSCOTE SA 5223
Phone: 08 8553 4500 | Fax: 08 8553 2885 | Email: kicouncil@kicouncil.sa.gov.au
Kangaroo Island Weather