Solar instalations are booming with Boambee entering the Australian Top 20 list.
Solar instalations are booming with Boambee entering the Australian Top 20 list. Trevor Veale

Solar displays its staying power

SOLAR was in the spotlight in the 2012 AgroTrend, and showgoers are finding the same this year.

There are five solar displays at this year's AgroTrend.

Trevor Ballantyne of Gutter Vac said last year and this year, the flavour of the month was definitely on sun power.

Peter Bayley of SolarLife said he was the first to display at AgroTrend, and six years on, he'd watched the competition grow.

"But competition is terrific, it gives buyers many aspects of the market," Mr Bayley said.

"It keeps companies honing their skills because it's a fierce and competitive market."

Peter Elsan of In2Solar agreed it was competitive.

"But we've been going for three years, and it's been going nuts," he said.

Mr Elsan said the increased price of electricity was prompting rural and residential people to look to solar energy. "People can be complete standalone with solar," he said.



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