Affable and long-term business owner Kim Godwin considers the Green Energy Industry is the way of the future. He has successfully built Godwin’s Green Energy, located on the Mid North Coast, as a key provider of solar power solutions.We talk to Kim about his passion for harnessing solar energy.
Tell us about what you do at Godwin’s Green Energy?
We sell solar systems and look after any maintenance the systems might require. I’ve been in business for approximately 30 years, having formerly owned three electrical shops. I understand that the servicing side of the business is really important.
Where are you located?
Godwins Green Energy is located on the Mid North Coast. We extend from the Hastings out to Gloucester down to Forster and also Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.
Why convert to solar?
I’m so passionate and enthused about solar. There are seven billion people in the world, and the three drivers for their survival is food, water and energy.
To me, converting to solar presents an obvious option of harnessing the sun’s energy and saving money. It becomes like buying a car and not paying for petrol.
What is the most commonly asked question about converting to solar power?
People always want to know how much solar costs and how much return they’ll get on their investment, which is why it’s important to have our field staff analyse power bills and work out effective solutions.
Should solar installation be a compulsory government initiative for people building new homes?
My word. It should be mandatory to help people become ‘future-proof’ on power and make savings. A lot of people don’t know that solar is income-producing for 25 years. There needs to be foresight and better government incentives to help people out. I’ve been in homes where the elderly have their lights off and live in the dark, due to fear of exorbitant electricity bills.
Pensioners, in particular, should be given a solar incentive, as most of them live on fixed incomes. It’s not just about houses; Australia is going into electric cars next year. The possibilities with solar are endless; we just need to take advantage of the opportunities.
You provide solar solutions to both homes and to commercial businesses … how do the two differ?
Home conversions normally require smaller systems – from 1.5 kilowatt up to approximately 5 kilowatt and run on a net feed. The commercial conversions are a bit more involved and require bigger systems. Commercial bills also need to be analysed, which our staff can help out with. The largest commercial conversion we did was a 60 kilowatt resort in Gloucester.
Does Godwin’s Green Energy provide a free consultation to people considering converting to solar power, and what are the contractual commitments?
There are no charges or obligations. A deposit is not required. People are sick of feeling like they’re being ‘forced’ into things. Our long-term success in business shows that we do the right thing by people. We have a consultant in Port Macquarie, Terry, who happily provides obligation-free quotes to individuals and businesses.
Which Australian businessperson do you most admire, and why?
Lang Hangcock and Janet Holmes à Court. It would have been challenging for Janet to survive the death of her husband and then succeed in business on top of this. She must be very tenacious and clever and have very clever people around her.
If you could give one piece of business advice to your grandchild, what would it be?
Do the right courses, at university or TAFE, and know your business. Follow your dream, but ensure you put 100% effort into it. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to have a go.
How can people find out more about grid connect or installing solar hot water (or both)?
Contact Terry, your local Port Macquarie solar consultant, on 0402 814 568 for an obligation-free quote today.
This story was published in issue 82 Port Macquarie