Solpod joins Beyond Zero Emissions’ launch to Activate Renewable Energy Industry Precincts in the Hunter

Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts in the Hunter

Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), an Australian independent climate change think tank, hosted an event to launch Activating Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts in the Hunter.  The BZE event occurred as part of the Hunter Innovation Festival.

Solpod was pleased to be part of the Meet the Innovators session.  At the session, renewable energy and innovative companies made themselves available for discussion and showcased their work.  Solpod was proud to be invited to attend this event as a manufacturer of pre-fabricated solar systems.

The Hunter Innovation Festival will run for 2 weeks. The festival aims to connect, inspire and promote innovation in the communities, industries as businesses of the Hunter region.

Alex Hagan, Business and Operations Manager at Solpod, who attended the event said: “It was great to be part of this event and talk to other innovative companies in the areas of clean tech, smart cities and the circular economy.”

The event represents the BZE launching of their work on Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts.  A panel discussion occurred during the event with industry leaders, about developing future industry in the region using renewable energy.

Image (BZE): Industry Panel, Activating Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts

The Hunter Region Identified as a Renewable Energy Zone

In 2020, the Hunter Valley coal region was identified as a Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) by the NSW government.  Energy NSW states that REZs: “Combine renewable energy generation such as wind and solar, storage such as batteries, and high-voltage poles and wires to deliver energy to the homes, businesses and industries that need it.”

Michael Mazengarb from Renew Economy reported: “The Hunter region has featured heavily in recent political debate around climate and energy policy, with tensions between a recognised need to support a transition away from coal, while managing the future of workers in the regions coal mining and power generation sectors.

At the Hunter Valley Innovation Festival, BZE promoted future industries and cheap, reliable renewable energy that will support high-tech manufacturing in the region.  BZE state that: “The Hunter is set to become the electric motor of The Australian economy.”   By 2030, BZE estimated the region will access 11GW of renewable energy.

Solpod’s Australian Made Innovation

Solpod offers unique solar products to businesses, including the new opportunity for businesses who lease their properties to save with Solpod’s rooftop solar rental and flexible terms.  Mr Hagan said that: “Solpod were extremely busy all evening introducing our Solar Rental solution which is aimed at the 90% of Australian businesses who rent their property.”

Solpod was established in 2017, selling modular solar pods, that are quick to install and remove without distrurbing rooftops.  Solpods have been popular on large, flat commercial rooftops.  Our customers appreciate being able relocate the solar systems if the business moves or if building works are required on the premises.

Solpod has developed other innovative products to suit the real needs of our customers.  Mr Hagan said: “Our pre-fabricated Ground Mount solution also attracted a lot of attention as did our Solpod Mini system which is the only Australian Made traditional solar racking system available on the market today.”

Image: Mr Hagan, Business and Operations Manager at Solpod

The Hunter Region encompasses four cities, including Newcastle, Maitland, Cessnock and Lake Macquarie.  Other cities and regional centres include Cessnock, Port Stephens, Dungog, Gloucester, Kurri Kurri, Scone, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Raymond Terrace.

To find out more about Solpod’s redeployable solar pods or other solar products on offer, please contact or call +03 9089 0753.