Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat was built to be sustainable and tread lightly on community infrastructure. Its cabins and homestead are designed to be very energy efficient in both water and room heating, using highly specialised systems.
It is pursuing Net Positive Energy status, meaning it produces more energy than it consumes. This not only supports its own sustainability, but enhances community and business resilience in an area vulnerable to power outages.
Since opening in March 2018, Camp Glenorchy has generated solar power. It generated 98 MWh of solar electricity from January to May 2019, but only used 45.5 MWh during that time.
The business acts as a case study and show home for passive, high efficiency technologies in NZ.