The boatshed has 16.8 kWp of roof mounted PV panels. The panels are installed parallel with the low angle roof line and are arranged symmetrically either side of the roof's NNE-SSW central ridge.

The boatshed provides a focal point for teaching and research boating activities: the Heron Island Research Station (HIRS)  has a small fleet of boats ranging in capacity from 5 to 12 persons. Compressors and other diving equipment are located nearby.

The boatshed has a workshop which is also used to maintain the HIRS amenities and infrastructure and to modify research equipment.

Heron Island Research Station
Heron Island Research Station


Site name Heron Island Research Station (HIRS)
Building / location Boat Shed
Suburb / city Heron Island, QLD
Nominal DC output 16.8 kWp
Module area 119 m2
Start-up date 1/06/2010
Visible on Live Data display No
Date connected to display Mid 2012
Site longitude 151°54'45" E
Site latitude 23°26'33" S
Height above sea level 9 metres
Time zone AEST
Type of installation Rooftop installation (elevated)
Tracking system No tracking system
Orientation 120° & 300°
Module make & model Kyocera 210w KD210GH-2PU
Module technology Polycrystalline silicon
Module size 1500 x 990 mm
Number of modules 80
Inverter make & model Aurora One PVI-4.2
Number of inverters 4