Emerald Falls Estate Subdivision
The closest mains electricity is about 2 km from the Emerald Falls
Estate subdivision. While it might be possible for new owners to
the cost of connecting to the grid, this will not be cheap. One
quote was for $70,000 to connect one lot, which would be a lot
cheaper if shared. To then bring the
power from Emerald Falls road to where you like to build is an
additional expense which will also be at least several thousand
dollars. And you then will have to pay electricity bills.
There is a
much cheaper alternative. We recommend stand-alone solar systems
instead (but wind could be an option as well). Over the last few
solar has become very cheap and Mareeba claims over 300 days of
sunshine. A 5.5 kilowatt
solar system will cost less than $10,000.- (without battery) these
days (after rebate)
and that is fully installed!!!
Such a system will give you 5Kw of power whenever the sun
The average 4 people household uses 23.5
so 5 hours of sunlight will provide more than enough. And even in
cloudy weather solar panels still provide quite a bit of energy. In
fact modern MPPT
regulators will significantly increase output in shady
stand-alone solar system will also require a battery bank, so energy
can be stored for cloudy days and night time use. The bigger the
battery bank, the better, but also the more expensive, so a smaller
battery bank and a generator might be an alternative. In the bottom
image on the right you can see various battery bank sizes. By
multiplying the 24 Volts with the Ah you will get their Kilowatt
capacity. We would recommend to go for the biggest battery bank. A
back-up generator-charger is likely to cost another $5000.-.
with the biggest battery bank, the 5.5kw system, and a back-up
generator-charger, for $35,000.- you can get a stand-alone system
gives you a lot more power than the average household will ever use,
and that is free electricity, without any Ergon bills!
3KW system with a 40Kw battery bank (24v x 1660Ah) and a back-up
generator-charger will cost you about $25,000.-, and that is without
the new Tesla Powerwall, and prices will fall further.
Depending on where you intend to build, a windmill might also be a
very good option worth investigating.
that you will not pay any electricity bills ever any more, this is a
investment. Additionally you will not have any black-outs or
brown-outs and you can sleep easy knowing that you will be
significantly reducing your carbon footprint by using clean energy.
1 to 4 and Lot 9 all have permanent waterholes and/or a creek on
we do not recommend pumping water from those sources. Not only might
they be insufficient (especially if more than one lot would pump out
the creek, but this would reduce the natural flow on which many
and plants rely.
Instead we recommend bore holes. One of the
neighbours has put a bore in and we have been told by the driller
he pumps hundreds of mega-litres each year from a depth of about 15
We have sunk a bore on lot 2 and it yields 4500 litres per hour,
enough to irrigate 15-25 acres. The water is at a depth of 28m in
the bore and it is very good water.
We have been told that bores should find good water at
anywhere between 15-50m deep (depending on where on the lots). The
for such a bore would be somewhere between $5,000.- and $10,000.-.
The internal roads on each lot are very basic tracks, which have
simply be pushed by a dozer.
We deliberately put in only very basic tracks as some people might
like it that way or would even want to not have an internal road at
a grader over these tracks would cost about $300.-/km (plus travel
to get machine there) and make them a lot easier to drive on.
pipes into gullies will improve the gradients and will cost maybe
$500 to $2000.- depending on the size of the gully; some of the
gullies will be usable as
little dams and then the road can go across the dam wall.
new road with a dozer would cost an average of about $400.- to 500.-
per kilometer (plus travel time to get machine there).
maintaining and improving internal roads is probably a lot cheaper
you think. Please let us know if you want to get any quotes from
further information, to have any questions answered and/or to arrange
viewing of the properties, please call 07-40937755 or 0499620260.