Zali

Local Warringah business leading in renewable energy

30 September, 2019

A northern beaches business is leading the way in renewable energy; producing so much power from solar panels they’re now pumping clean energy back into the local energy grid.

Local paint company 'Colormaker Industries' is using excess power from its newly installed solar panels to feed energy back to 15-20 local homes during after-hours and on the weekends.

They predict that means they're reducing about 100 tonnes of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere.

Zali Steggall MP officially turned on the switch of the solar panels at the Brookvale warehouse on Friday, calling for more businesses to follow their lead.

“This is a perfect example of what Warringah businesses can do to reduce emissions, focusing on a positive way to contribute solutions and make use of our abundant solar resources,” Ms Steggall said.

“The power that comes off the solar panels can then go back into the community and this is one way we can tackle climate change.”

The local company manufactures solvent free, water-based paint provides environmentally friendly paint for swimming pools, printing inks and household paints that’s been internationally recognised.

Owner David Stuart says the solar panels will now provide twice as much electricity as they consume as a business.

“Having first heard of the Greenhouse Effect in 1976, what is now termed sustainability has been something of a guiding light for most of my adult life and it is something that I am certain most of our customers now care deeply about too,” he said.