In inner west Sydney a web design company has set up their business to operate at 100 percent green power with a zero carbon footprint! The business is web design inner west and has been offering website design services to Sydney’s inner west businesses and organisations since 2007. The founder of the organisation, Martin James has had a strong interest in ‘green power’ and operating low carbon businesses since 1980 when he studied environmental physics at Victoria University of Wellington. Back in the 1980′s the concerns about global warming and carbon reduction was coming into the public domain. There was an emerging industry in wind power electricity supply and photo voltaic’s and this captured Martin’s imagination. Today his inner western Sydney office is run by a 12 panel solar system which supplies the entire energy requirement for the web designers business.
Web Design – Low Carbon Business Model
Martin explains that the web design business uses around 4Kwh of energy per day. The business runs 3 laptop computers, 2 colour printers, low energy lighting systems and 2 Samsung HD monitors. Up 2 3 web developers are working on various web projects from small business websites to shopping cart development to graphic design at any one time. Even with 3 employees the business has run at zero energy input for over 4 years – a success story in running a creative business with minimal impact on the environment.
Martin can be contacted at:
Mob: 0412 664 712
With the outlook for more feed in tariff cuts likely in Australia we asked John Grainger from the solar panels Adelaide web resource to comment on whether the solar panels industry will hold up after 2014 or go the same way as Queensland,N.S.W. and most likely Victoria, since their solar feed tariff was slashed last month. Here is Johns response:
Solar Industry in Adelaide S.A. set for a shake up?
” Since around 2008 Adelaide has seen a boom in solar power installation – we had weeks when over 70 solar panel systems were being sold per week by the larger S.A. solar groups and even the smaller companies were managing up to 6 or 7 per week. If we translate the recent activity slump in Victoria, the situation could change rapidly after 2012 when the S.A. solar feed tariff drops. The S.A. Government claims that the existing feed tariff for home solar power system owners is subsidized by other ‘grid’ users to the tune of $60 per annum. The same argument was used in Queensland when their 44 cent tariff was slashed by the newly appointed N.L.P. Govt.
The S.A. solar industry employs around 8,000 people and is the N.S.W. solar industry post 2010 is anything to go by, this could easily drop to around 1200-1500 people working in that industry once the incentives to install solar in Adelaide decrease.
Update – 14 October. John has called to say that over 40 people will be attending – we strongly suggest calling asap if you want a place at this talk. Further details at John’s website http://solarenergyinformation.com.au/ and the updated feed in tariff for S.A. info is at: