Rhodes Watson is excited to be giving away a free solar system to a community group in Gladstone.
Rhodes Watson is excited to be giving away a free solar system to a community group in Gladstone. Contributed

More power to local groups with chance to win solar kit

THE switch to solar is well and truly here as WattElse asks the region to have their say on which organisation is most deserving of a brand new $11,000 5kw solar system.

WattElse, a solar company based in Central Queensland, is known for its community-minded spirit and is now giving away a PV power system to a non-profit group.

Co-founders Rhodes Watson and Martin Carlin first began their joint venture in April 2011, two years after Mr Watson discovered solar systems could be bought at a bulk discount.

"I started my first bulk buy in 2009," Mr Watson said.

The idea originally came from Mr Watson's need to purchase solar power which he initially couldn't afford.

At that point a friendly group was formed with the idea to bulk buy solar, which considerably reduced the price for individuals.

"In 2009, a 2kw system installed was about $14,000 and we did it for $3750 installed," Mr Watson said.

As a whole, the group spent $800,000 and saved at least $2 million.

Mr Watson said WattElse was a business with a social mission.

"We give back as much as we can through passing on savings to our customers, energy efficiency education or by providing free systems to the champions of the community," he said.

"We have done almost 600 installs and have done 300 this year so far."

Groups in the running for a free system are: 

  • The Caves Progress and Agricultural Society
  • Keppel Coast Girl Guides
  • Lions Club of Emu Park
  • QCWA of Emu Park
  • Koolyangarra Kindergarten
  • Yeppoon Scout Group
  • Cooee Bay Progress and Sports Association
  • Calliope Junior Rugby League Club
  • Kareeba Scout Group
  • QCWA of Tannum Sands

Vote for your favourite group here



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