We are Greg and Iyeko. We live in Scott Creek, South Australia.
We're completely off-grid here, we're self sufficient. We have our own enviro-cycle septic system, we've got a creek out the back for watering the garden and now we've got free power, so we are super happy with everything.
We've just finished building, at this stage we are using probably 40% of our power. Worst case, it's gotten down to about 40%, it varies between about 80% & 40%. Even when the clouds are over like this, it seems to charge up to 100% during the day. So there are no issues at this point with that.
We've got 15KW of power on the roof, making the power and we've got 20KWh of battery storage. So there is all is there and does the job nicely. We've got 50 panels generating the power with half of them on this side of the house and half of them on the other side of the house.
We decided to go off-grid because we roughly did the sums and worked out that we'd probably be saving about $6,000 a year in electricity, which is about $1,500 a quarter. So for us, it was a no-brainer to go off-grid. There's a power pole about 200m away down the road here and it would have cost probably more to get the power brought here from the road and then we've got all these power bills to keep paying. So it really just was common sense. I don't know why more people don't do it with even new builds in suburban areas. Just makes complete sense to me.
We found it great dealing with Sivcorp. We had a bit of a look around online and we researched a few companies and a chap up the road here, in Scott Creek had heard of Sivcorp doing a bit of work on Kangaroo Island. That's when I got hold of Sivcorp for a quote, and you were very competitive and certainly knew what they were talking about so we decided to go with Sivcorp and we're very happy. They have been the easiest trade to deal with out of all the trades so it's been nice to be able to talk to Marc and he always gets back to you and gets back to you at 10 O'Clock at night, which was a surprise.
It's just reassuring knowing somebody's actually doing their job and taking care of you through the whole process. We've had ZERO issues with Sivcorp from day 1 so I'd have no issues recommending Sivcorp.
Greg & Iyeko,
Scott Creek, South Australia
I'm Russell Dawson, I'm the President of the
Sunraysia Pistol Club. We've got 220 members and we've never had power or water out here and this is amazing.
We found the process to have our system installed with Sivcorp was pretty simple. The guys were great, reliable, they were here when they told us they were going to be here and it actually ended up being installed quicker than what they said so fantastic job and it's a credit to the team at Sivcorp.
We've only managed to have power through a generator and bought a brand new one three years ago, it's a 15KVA.
Like we said earlier, we don't have power or water out here and it's just going to be amazing because in Mildura in the summer time, it gets 40 degrees C plus days. We'll need cool drinks so we can have fridges that last for all the club members. Air conditioning for our families. We're going to get a TV for the kids, so we can change it completely all around.
We have already recommended Sivcorp to our families and friends. A lot of talking, a lot of the members are actually coming in and having a a good look at our system and have been asking the question, who did it and can I have their phone number.
Russell Dawson (Sunraysia Pistol Club)
Mildura, New South Wales
G'Day I'm Kym from Petite Provence. My wife Bridgette and I moved to Kangaroo Island and now we are living a sustainable lifestyle.
We are completely off-grid using just rainwater and our off-grid solar energy system for our little farm-gate shop and enterprise. All the ingredients we grow here on our property.
With our control centre for our lithium-ion battery system setup and solar for our house and farm shop so this is where it all happens.
Our 6.0KW complete off-grid solar energy system that we had supplied and installed by Sivcorp Energy & Water serves ours purposes for out domestic and also our farm-gate shop and enterprise. It works really, really well and we are very happy.
Kym & Bridgette Bruce,
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
I'm Tristan from Hilltop View Dairy located
in Inman Valley, just out of Victor Harbour
on the Flueurieu Peninsular.
We were spending up to around $6,800 per
month on our power bills for our dairy. We run
After having our system installed, we've brought that back to around $3,000 a month and decreasing slowly as well using our 160KW system.
Why I chose to use Sivcorp Energy & Water is because they gave me the best value for what I wanted. In time, I want to be able to put batteries on so that I can be self-sufficient so we're not relying on the grid.
Hilltop View Dairy
Inman Valley, South Australia
I'm Liz-Russell Pearce. My husband and I live north or Wentworth on 540 acres on the Darling River.
We decided to go off-grid because it was time to find our retirement place. We wanted to be self-reliant because utilities were going up and up and up. To get power to our block was beyond our capabilities so the solar has worked out exceptionally well.
It's our little system and it runs everything that we need to run our house. We have no bills which is an absolute bonus.
We chose to go with Sivcorp because after many trial and hiccups with other solar companies, we had a friend who told us about Sivcorp. So we got in touch with Marc and it was the easiest transaction I've ever done in my life. Other companies just seemed to overdo whereas Sivcorp were very practical and just worked out exactly what we needed and it was in and done before we knew it.
David & Liz Pearce
Wentworth, New South Wales
We are Deb & Bryan Saunders and we live totally off the grid in Mannum. We've been here about 4 years and have been off-grid the whole time, but it's much better now.
We had an original 3.50KW using the flooded lead-acid batteries and their performance was less than good. Now, through Sivcorp, we are using the new Lithium Ion batteries and we're not looking back. It's been great.
We've never lost power and haven't had to use the generator since.
Our dealings with Sivcorp have been brilliant! We have been most impressed, always got back to us quickly, the installers were efficient, they were on time, they brought all their own stuff, friendly and got on with the job. They were happy to explain it all to us.
Deb & Bryan Saunders
Mannum, South Australia
We were looking for a cheaper alternative than to connect to the grid and save on utility bills. Also the opportunity to live a free life so we decided to go off-grid and not worry about any commitments financially.
We found Sivcorp by searching online and there's many suppliers out there of solar companies in the industry so there were many to choose from and everyone had their own sales pitch and what they can recommend. But for me, I was looking for someone that had the best service and most importantly had the best back-up service.
We've been living 100% off-grid for 3 years now and we've had no problems with our system. We have normal appliances including washing machine, dishwasher etc. and it's all been running really, really smoothly.hat we needed and it was in and done before we knew it.
Will & Mischa Godward
St Ives, South Australia
Hi, I'm Andrew Jackson from Mount Gambier and I have a 13KW system put on with 13KWh battery storage and it runs really good.
We were paying between $800 to $1,200 a quarter for our power bills, but once we put the system in we haven't had a power bill since.
We haven't had a power black-out for a little while, but the power black-out that we did have, the batteries took over and we still managed to have lights, TV and the internet which made the cook very happy inside!
Andrew & Sheryl Jackson
Mount Gambier, South Australia
My name is Andrew Schultz and I live in Mount Gambier in South Australia.
I've got a 13KW system, I've got lithium ion batteries, 13KWh of storage power. Their warranty is 10 years with a lifespan of approximately 25 years. The whole system on my current energy bill would pay for itself in less than 5 years.
We chose Sivcorp because my power bill was getting very expensive because I run a small horticultural business. I use a lot of power in the cool room and with electricity for irrigation and because the power bills were so over the top.
I looked into going solar with a battery backup and Sivcorp came up with the right price.
Mount Gambier, South Australia
"We are really loving our completion off-grid
solar energy system, here's some stats and feedback:
about 5% consumption overnight from the batteries with guests in all units,
yesterday the Sunny Boy SB5000's inverters started supplying power from before 7:30am,
appliances such as irons and hair straighteners working much better than before,
the panels and on the roofs look great and discreet.
Sivcorp Energy & Water installation team did a great job, provided lots of useful advice and left no mess to clean up.
We have great confidence in the system and are glad we have chose to maximise PV captured with lots of panels (which we expect will still perform more-than-adequately in winter given early morning performance) and lots of storage in those batteries.
I am glad we chose Sivcorp Energy & Water for providing us with this solution and did not settle on the advice of other companies, who recommending much lower specifications that would only just meet our needs and only under optimum conditions. W e may never need to run that generator again!
This system really gives us peace of mind.
Flour Cask Bay Retreat,
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Flour Cask Bay Retreat, Kangaroo Island, SA
"As newcomers to Australia we had no idea where to begin with our investigation for solar panels and battery storage systems. We saw an advert stating that three different companies would contact us to quote.
Two companies contacted us and set up appointments. The first representative arrived late, gave a reasonable presentation and got us thinking but left us with unanswered questions.
The next to arrive - on time - was a consulting engineer from Sivcorp Energy & Water . He gave us a very clear breakdown and explanation of the system as well as the advantages, short and long term. We never felt under any pressure to sign up with him. After he left, we discussed our options and decided to go with Sivcorp Energy & Water.
We called the consulting engineer with a few questions which he answered immediately and very comprehensively. The installation date and time was agreed on.
The Installers arrived -on time - and got straight to work. They were polite, efficient and extremely neat and tidy. We could not fault their workmanship in any way.
We recently made inquiries about batteries to add to our system. Once again, their team was on the ball with answers and information. Again an installation date and time was set. The installer arrived punctually and got the job done neatly and efficiently.
We highly recommend Sivcorp Energy & Water to anybody looking at solar energy solutions. Honesty, integrity and efficiency are very important to us - especially when new to a country - all of which we received.
We wish the team at Sivcorp Energy & Water a successfully green future!"
Geoff & Janet Reid,
Walkley Heights, South Australia
"We've recently had a 10kW Sivcorp Energy System installed.
The service you provided from day one when we first began making enquiries about installing a solar energy system was much appreciated. The one to one contact in our home, your knowledge of the systems and the benefits of solar energy is to be commended.
All of our questions were answered promptly and your system, was the most cost effective and of highest quality, which made our decision of installing an easy one to make. Your installation team was very friendly on arrival, with any queries being explained during the process of installation.
They were extremely thorough throughout the whole installation process, and we were pleased to find that our 10kW system was ready to go the following day!
All we need to do now is look forward to the sunny days an generating solar power with no household electricity bills to worry us, and with the Government incentives on the feed-in-tarrifs, make a bit of money on the way!"
Matt and Lisa Modystach,
Wilmington, South Australia