The administration and teaching blocks each have a 12.6 kWp roof-mounted PV array making the total installation 25.2 kWp.

Modules are installed parallel with the roof on the teaching block.

To compensate for the reverse roof slope on the administration block, the panels there are tilted above the roof line to the point where their angle to the sun is the same as those on the teaching block.

The administration and teaching facility provides modern teaching labs and classrooms, a computer room and a reference library.

Outdoor amenities include a large seating/dining space, amphitheatre, a reef touch tank and display aquaria. It's the teaching and social hub of the Heron Island Research Station.

Heron Island Research Station
The panels on the administration block are tilted skyward to compensate for the reclining roof line.
Heron Island Research Station


Site name Heron Island Research Station (HIRS)
Building / location Administration and Teaching Facility
Suburb / city Heron Island, QLD
Nominal DC output 25.2 kWp
Module area 178.2 m2
Start-up date 1/06/2010
Visible on Live Data display No
Date connected to display Mid 2012
Site longitude 151°54'47" E
Site latitude 23°26'33"
Height above sea level 9 metres
Time zone AEST
Type of installation Rooftop installation (elevated)
Tracking system No tracking system
Tilt 10°
Orientation 30°
Module make & model Polycrystalline silicon
Module technology Kyocera 210w
Module size 1500 x 990 mm
Number of modules 120
Inverter make & model Aurora One PVI-4.2 KD210GH-2PU
Number of inverters 6