Long-standing business pioneered solar power on Coast
WHEN Judy and Ian Hall shifted from South Australia to Queensland in search of a better climate, their relationship with the sun quickly extended beyond a desire for warmth.
The couple took over the solar business in Maryborough run by Ian's brother in 1989.
It was a steep and significant learning curve for the former council CEO which was to see the couple involved in the first solar to grid connection in the Bundaberg area.
"There was half a dozen people involved," Judy recalled this week.
"There was Ergon and a couple of electricians who nutted it out with Ian, the retailer and owner."
In the following 26 years the solar industry has gone the full circle from grid connection and feed in tariffs to the growing trend for households to seek resilience through stand alone, battery-supported systems.
"When the subsidy came in we were first off the mark because of what we had learned from the stand-alone industry. We were off and running fairly quickly," Judy said.
The couple diversified to meet market demand setting up in Caboolture, Queensland's biggest retail outlet servicing the 12 volt, recreational vehicle market.
Now called All Energy HQ with Impact Solar as its wholesale arm, the company operates from Glasshouse Mountains.
The Halls were one of seven stall holders to feature at the Cleantech Connect Showcase and Trade Exhibition yesterday at the Maroochydore RSL.
Guest presenters covered issues like energy retrofitting, recyclable water, innovations in waste management and support that is available from the Australian Government to help businesses improve their bottom line.
EcoBiz, a free program running across Queensland that helps businesses save on power, water and waste bills, explained how businesses are saving up to 19% on power costs, 31% on water costs and 39% on waste costs.