A Kallangur man who installed 42 solar panels on the roof of his house now receives $1500 a quarter through selling his surplus energy to the state government.
But while the system was legally installed, the number of panels would be illegal now.
Kerry Rochfort, a small business owner and an electrician by trade, had the panels installed on the roof of his Anzac Avenue house last August.
His solar power system generates between nine and 12.5 kilowatts of power daily and earns him up to $1500 a quarter in excess energy.
Mr Rochfort bought the slightly flood-damaged solar panels by auction from the University of Queensland. They were to be used in a multi-million dollar test project and were being stored in a shipping container that was damaged in the January 2011 floods.
The house has the approval of the Building Services Authority and the state government’s Electricity Safety Office, he said – as well as being known among locals for its unusual appearance.
“We have had the [BSA] come out and inspect them, so that’s above board.
“And we’ve had the Electrical Safety Office come out and inspect them and again as I said, it did generate quite a bit of interest.
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