An empowering win

The solar energy business was recognised at the awards dinner in Sydney in the 100kw category for its installation on the WA Local Government Authority One70 building in West Leederville.

Next Power chief executive Kieron D’Arcy said the team was humbled to win the prestigious award from the industry’s national governing body.

‘Being nominated alone was a fantastic achievement, but to bring this award home to Western Australia for the first time is something that makes us extremely proud,’ Mr D’Arcy said.

‘The design brief from WALGA was unlike any other, not simply a required power output, but a minimum 30 per cent of the building’s energy requirements.

‘Next Power was able to design a unique layout which satisfied the design brief and was one of the elements that enabled the building to attain a Greenstar 5 Star Energy rating.’

Next Power operations manager David Smith, the man credited with the award, said he too was delighted with the news.

‘We always use the best equipment possible, not only with the big things, but the small things too,’ Mr Smith said.

‘We believe this is what makes a difference over 25 years, especially on commercial projects, and it’s great to see the country’s governing body recognising this as well.’