Trade printer makes $157k solar investment, cuts power use by 33%

Industrial Printing Company has forecast annual savings of more than $28,000 after installing a 400-panel solar system.

The Lithgow trade printer switched on the 100kw, six-inverter system on 25 October. It is expected to cut power use by 33%, said sales & marketing executive Andrew Durnford.

The $156,700 solar investment was partly offset by an AusIndustry grant as part of the Clean Technology Investment Program, he told ProPrint.

"It is our first move into solar and was due to the desire to decrease electricity costs, our grid power reliance and carbon footprint," said Durnford.

"This represents a significant proactive move from IPC. We are all about remaining successful and progressive today, tomorrow and well into the future."

Industrial Printing came under threat last month from the New South Wales bushfires. Click here to read Durnford's account.

[Photos: Solar installation]

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