Solpod’s mission is to enable both asset owners and commercial tenants to benefit from solar.
Solpod was founded in 2017 by a team of experienced solar executives, members of whom previously founded one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar businesses and have developed over $200 million of utility solar projects. The team recognised a gap in the market where standard solar was not meeting the needs of the commercial and industrial property sector. While the economics of solar can be strong, this may involve taking a 15+year view on the asset, which is appropriate for solar technology but not necessarily the site or owner, who may want to redevelop the site or change the roof sheet in that time. Standard solar cannot be economically removed during the asset life, as the cost of labor to remove it is higher than the value of the used kit.
Solpod is developed, headquartered and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia. The technology benefited from the support of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to fast track commercialisation of the technology, and has contracted multiple systems with GPT (one of Australia’s largest property owners), Property NSW (a government statutory body) and Mirvac (a leading Australian property group).
Solpod’s unique patent protected solution focuses on:
- Relocatable solar. Solar PV ‘pods’ that can be detached from the roof, folded up and lifted via a crane to a truck for installation on another site. This enables commercial property owners to invest in a 20-year asset (solar systems) while mitigating the risk of 5-year commercial leases.
- Non-penetrating solar. Solar PV ‘pods’ are fixed to the roof using industrial grade tape. The roof sheet is not penetrated and no holes are left behind if the solar PV system is relocated.
- Minimal wind loads. Solar PV ‘pods’ present a streamlined profile to the wind, reducing the forces that are transmitted to the building.
With this combination of attributes, commercial building owners can increase tenant security and tenants can benefit from lower energy costs.
Solpod’s leadership team has decades of experience across thousands of solar and energy efficiency projects.
James Larratt – Founder & CEO
Former infrastructure investment banker, utility solar developer, and solar business advisor.
James Walker – Founder & COO
Founder of Energy Matters (large solar installer and distributor) and developer of SunLock rooftop mounting solution.
Tom Keddie – Commercial Director
Former head of development at Pacific Hydro, and former head of commercial and utility projects at SunEdison Australia.
Nick Brass – Sales & Strategic Partnerships
Founder of Energy Matters and leader in commercial & industrial solar.
Jeremy Lawrence – Engineering
Developed SunLock solar PV framing system at Energy Matters.
Astrid Herber – Strategic Partnerships
Accredited solar system designer with a decade of experience around the country with analysis, sales, design, project management/delivery.
Alex Hagan – BD & Operations
Specialising in Renewable Energy Development, Project Management, Solar PV.