Performax International director Greg Waters (right) is pleased a government grant will go towards the installation of a 60 kW solar PV system on the factory roof by Gympie Solar Centre’s Jeff Hogue (left).
Performax International director Greg Waters (right) is pleased a government grant will go towards the installation of a 60 kW solar PV system on the factory roof by Gympie Solar Centre’s Jeff Hogue (left). Lee Gailer

Climate-smart decision

HIGH performance vehicles are not normally synonymous with being green, but at Performax International there are plans under way to offset the operation's carbon footprint.

A vision to grow the business sustainably is becoming a reality at the Gympie workshop with the installation of a 60 kW solar PV system to go ahead soon.

The development of a corporate culture within the company, that fosters a social conscience, encouraged Performax to join Gympie's ClimateSmart Business Cluster in 2011.

It was there that general manager Glenn Soper and quality advisor Gavin Harm began gathering ideas on cost saving eco-efficiency strategies.

At this time they were also made aware of grants available through the Federal Government's $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs.

Performax director Greg Waters said the plan was to install 240 solar panels on the factory roof at a cost of $126,000.

A government grant of nearly $62,500 will go a long way to get the project completed by the end of the financial year.

Besides doing the right thing by the environment, solaring up the factory will reduce Performax International's power bill and carbon pollution by reducing the energy intensity of their operations by 42%.

"This will make us more competitive on domestic and international markets," Mr Waters said.

Considered the best and biggest vehicle conversion company of its type in Australia, Performax is a proud supporter of the Gympie community and local businesses.

Gympie Solar Centre won the tender to install the system and owner/plumber Jeff Hogue was on site last week to finalise plans for project.

Senator John Hogg congratulated Performax International Pty Ltd and said the grant would help save the company about $18,000 on its power bills.

He said it was a good example of Clean Technology Investment Programs having a practical impact in Gympie.

"These changes are exactly the sort of practical improvements that the Clean Technology Investment Programs were designed to support," Senator Hogg said. "(They) are in place to support manufacturers make the transition to a low pollution economy."

FACTORY SOLAR POWER AT A GLANCE

The 60 kW solar PV system will be the largest installed by a commercial premises in Gympie.

There are currently about four businesses using 30 kW solar PV systems.

The system requires 240 solar panels on the factory roof at a cost of $126,000.

Performax secured a government grant of nearly $62,500 offered by the Clean Technology Investment Programs.

The system is expected to reduce Performax's power bill by $18,000 and decrease carbon pollution by reducing the energy intensity of their operations by 42%.

Gympie Times


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