Graeme Wilson at Bi-Rite Electrical with his new solar system.
Graeme Wilson at Bi-Rite Electrical with his new solar system. The Northern Star

Mullumbimby business goes solar

THE solar power challenge has been set.

Three weeks ago Bi-Rite electrical store, at Mullumbimby, installed a $12,800 grid-interactive solar system.

Now, store owner Graeme Wilson is calling on other businesses to go solar too.

Mr Wilson said reducing greenhouse gas emissions was a responsibility businesses had not yet fully accepted.

“Reducing our ecological footprint is not just something we do in the home, it has to happen in the workplace as well,” Mr Wilson said.

The business plans to keep adding panels until they are able to generate all of their own energy needs.

Mr Wilson said solar power made a lot of sense for businesses.

“It is a long-term investment and Australia is just perfect for solar energy because of our climate,” he said.

And while there was no government rebate for businesses who installed solar panels, Mr Wilson said there were other pay-offs.

“Since we installed the panels we have had customers come here to shop. They tell us they want to support our business because they see us as doing the right thing,” he said.

Mr Wilson said he was motivated to install the panels because he felt guilty about supplying electrical goods and wanted to be part of the solution, rather than the problem.



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