Phil Brunsden, of Keystones Energy Solutions, recently gave the HT an insight into the work this Eumundi-based company is doing to help keep businesses and community organisations running – and potentially saving them money too!

“Back-up battery power for essential service providers and community-based organisations is so important,” explained Phil. “It offers energy security and the added benefit of storing cheap and clean solar power for use after the sun goes down.”

The team specialises in solar systems, off-grid systems and general electrical work, and really focus on energy efficiency and great follow-up support for their customers. (Testimonials on their website give a clear indication of the quality of their service and knowledge!) 

Recently, Dan Walters from Keystones Energy Solutions met with Ian Hunt and Robert Bohn of the Mooloolaba flotilla of the Australian Volunteer Coastguard Association (AVCGA).

Operating under State and Territory Emergency Management frameworks, their distinct yellow vessels respond to a variety of marine incident types, rescuing thousands of people each year. They also work in support of other agencies in response to events such as marine fire and medical evacuation from vessels.

“The AVCGA gets only a fraction of the funding they require from the State and Federal governments,” said Phil, “and relies heavily on the fundraising efforts of its volunteers to operate.

“Given the incredible work that they do and the tireless efforts of their volunteers, we at Keystones offered to donate and install a 10kW battery to back-up their 24 hour / seven-day communication system, which is obviously critical to their operation.”

In conjunction with their solar system which provides energy during the day, the battery provides back-up power to the facility after sundown and in the case of a power outage.

“We think that it’s really important for local businesses to give back to their community and volunteer organisations whose efforts support us all,” said Phil.

“As we keep hearing, these are troubling times. Despite all of the negative messages we see and hear all around us, it’s important to remember that there are a lot of good people in our communities continuing to do important work for little more than a pat on the back…, so I’d like to say from Keystones, thanks folks!”