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Loving what we do has led us to become recognised leaders in Solar and Energy Storage technologies here in Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

AC Solar Warehouse is a 100% Australian owned and operated company that wholesales Microinverters, DC optimised inverters, AC and DC solar panels, energy storage equipment and related components required for domestic and commercial solar systems.

We are the largest specialist wholesaler of AC Solar equipment in Australia and have built our business through relationships based on honesty, transparency and integrity.

Our approach

Building partnerships

We partner with our customers to develop and grow their solar business through optimum technology selection, smooth supply chain logistics and proven sales and marketing support.

We only wholesale

Being a pure wholesale business means we never compete with our customers by pursuing projects of any size directly.  We do not sell direct to the public.

Our team

Our experience

Our key staff are respected industry veterans who have been working in the solar industry since 1995.

We share our specialist knowledge of solar and energy storage sales and installations with our customers through regular training sessions at both introductory and advanced levels.

Our Strengths

Extensive technical expertise in all aspects of solar system design, installation and support

Commitment to ensuring our customers have the right solar and energy storage products for the right application

Smooth logistics managed through a national supply chain network

Grant Behrendorff

Managing Director | BEngTech, MAICD

David and I worked together for many years before setting up AC Solar Warehouse. I am extremely proud of what we have built and the team who have worked so hard to get us to where we are today.

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My role now is to keep the wheels turning as we have structured the company so senior members of staff can make decisions themselves. If something large comes up, we work through it together. I enjoy being involved at all levels across the company whilst empowering others to play to their strengths. Watching the successes of some of the younger people in the team who have developed and grown is hugely satisfying to me.

Probably one of the highlights of my career was being part of the team who won the Sir Williams Hudson Engineering Excellence Award in 2011 for the Bushlight India project – we weren’t expecting it at all, but it was a huge honour.

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David Smyth

Director - Principal Engineer | BEng Elect (Hons), RPEQ, MIEAust, GCertMgt

My role as Director and Principal Engineer, is to work with Grant to set and implement the strategic direction of the business and develop our engineering team to deliver professional services for customers.

 

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I’m an electrician and electrical engineer who has been working with solar technologies since 1996.  Initially designing and installing remote area power supplies (RAPS) when solar and energy storage was only financially viable in very remote locations.  My passion for solar and energy storage technologies has always been strong and underpinned by the opportunity to power our lives with renewable energy.

I am focussed on products and services that produce electricity from solar, delivering high levels of reliability and safety at a lower cost.

Outside of work I enjoy sailing with family and friends. My eldest son has a serious heart condition so we started learning how to sail when he was young, as a good outdoor activity he could participate in.  I enjoy using the wind energy and the technical challenges that comes with sailing.

 

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Tom Peters

Manager, Procurement and Engineering | BEng (Hons), RPEQ

I am responsible for stock procurement across all warehouses in Australia and New Zealand and overseeing the operation of the engineering team.  I am a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) with several years experience in providing engineering services to solar companies throughout the Australasia region.  

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I regularly talk to customers about their needs and challenges so we can improve our services.  At the end of the day, we are here to support customers so they can access the stock they need, get installations completed quickly and grow their business.

I enjoy the variety of engineering challenges that come with particular projects, particularly with our international customers, as they have some different challenges that we don’t generally have in Australia.

In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, camping, sports and sailing with friends. One of my other interests, however, is fossicking for gems. Although it’s yet to produce any real value, it is good to get out bush for a while and enjoy some time away from civilisation.

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Kelly Baird

Office Manager | AdvDip LdMgt

I was the first employee at AC Solar Warehouse many years ago and have been through three office moves with the company. I am responsible for accounts receivable and freight and really enjoy liaising with our customers.

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Originally, I worked part-time in two jobs as I love variety. I am well organised and don’t like jobs being in my in-tray, so I make it a point to action everything immediately. Once, I was given a fireman’s hat as I am great at finding ways to put out small (metaphorical) fires! I love learning and finding solutions to challenges.

Family time is important to me. I also enjoy yoga and scoring baseball at our local club. I have even participated in the Masters games.

What many people don’t know, is that I used to be a helicopter mechanic in the navy. I have a fitter’s trade certificate as well as a Diploma in Land Management.

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Mark Colwell

National Business Development Manager

I look after building our relationships with customers nationally and ensure we are helping them with their solar and storage requirements. Very few distributors have the technical expertise that we do but what makes it for me, is knowing that the team is 100% behind each other.

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You can have the best equipment in the world but if you don’t have the best team with common goals, it won’t work.

I have been in the solar industry for 10 years now – five in total at AC Solar Warehouse – I still remember my first 100kW and +1MW jobs, they were stand-outs for me at the time and exciting milestones in my career.

I enjoy building relationships with people and knowing that we not only deliver cost savings, but provide expert logistics and consistent, exceptional customer service too. The fact that we also deliver the industry’s safest solutions, is the icing on the cake.

When I am not at work, you will find me outdoors with my family. I am a nature enthusiast and I love wildlife – that is where my passion lies.

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Shannon Rodgers

Executive Assistant and HR | CertIVBusAdmin, DipTour(Mgt)

I provide Grant and David with support to run the business which gives them the peace of mind that reporting, travel, payroll and other tasks are all taken care of.  I also manage the Human Resource policies and procedures for the business.

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My aim is to assist the entire team in whatever way I can and because I have been here for six years, my knowledge is quite broad.

When we moved into our new premises a year ago, I took on a lot of responsibility of the logistics. It was great to work with external suppliers and keep everything on track. It was stressful, but in a good way and after a lot of effort from all of us, we were in on time. I also really enjoy the six-monthly conferences and organising our impressive mobile display.

When not at work, I can be found at the beach or at swimming holes with my family. I love the water and when I was ten, I competed at the Queensland State Swimming Championships.

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Kendra Fuller

Administration Officer | Justice of the Peace (JP)

I am responsible for the dispatch of all orders from our warehouses across Australia, so being organised and able to multi-task is essential. I liaise with multiple warehouses in various locations with differing time zones, so being on top of this is vital. There are always solutions to problems and having worked with AC Solar Warehouse for many years, I am good at finding them!

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I have built some great relationships with the teams in our warehouses.

After working as a Paralegal Clerk for many years, I am used to a busy environment that has proven beneficial working with the company.

I thoroughly enjoy the working team environment that Grant and David have created within the company at AC Solar Warehouse.

 

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Stuart Fordyce

National Sales Manager | BEng Elect (Hons)

I manage how we help customers with product selection, purchasing and sales support.  If we can make it easy for them to access the stock and information they need, they can spend more time on sales and installations.  I get a lot of satisfaction helping them save time and money and seeing their business grow.

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My engineering background helps me understand the products we supply so I can provide a higher level of support for customers. The fact that we only supply products from reputable manufacturers which are safe from DC arc faults is very important to me.

One of my proudest achievements is being part of the Solutions for Schools program which is a government initiative to supply solar throughout Australian schools – it’s so rewarding personally and as someone who has to be continuously busy, it’s been perfect!

In my spare time, I enjoy singing and playing guitar at various bars and clubs.  Also, enjoy being outdoors either sailing with friends to local reefs and islands or hiking and camping through local national parks.

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Dominic Nolan

Account Manager - Electrical Engineer | BEng Elect (Hons)

I really enjoy talking to people and helping them out with technical support or designing specific solutions for their solar systems. Taking on a challenge is something I relish as it enables me to think differently and work through various options before selecting the most suitable.

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Making sure we have everything in stock for a job is also important as delays can of course slow progress considerably.

I did my work experience at AC Solar Warehouse before joining the team permanently. I love how they are forward thinking and for me, working somewhere that is helping the community better the environment, is essential. It’s also a fun place to be – we work hard but we also fit in our share of laughs!

When not at work, I am usually enjoying the outdoors which we enjoy in spades here in Cairns. I got my open water dive ticket at the age of 12 and love kayaking, working on cars and reading.

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Ricky Awari

Account Manager - Electrical Engineer | BEng Elect (Hons)

My career goal was to work somewhere I could make a difference and straight out of university, that’s what I achieved. I help customers identify the right solutions for their residential and commercial solar installs and see them through from start to finish.

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Being able to educate the installer or the homeowner on the benefits of safe solar is rewarding in itself as well.

I like to have an agile approach to my work while managing my clients’ expectations. This allows me to respond well to any unexpected changes within the process. I value working within an industry that utilizes new technologies and methods in providing clean renewable energy to everyone.

This is my third year at AC Solar Warehouse and I really enjoy being part of the team of amazing individuals who are dedicated to their roles but always have time for a laugh. There is never a dull moment!

I’m an avid footy fan and my favorite team is the Brisbane Broncos. On my off days you’ll find me swimming at a creek, hiking or camping with friends. Such is life in the FNQ!

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Luke Bullock

Account Manager VIC, TAS, SA | BBus Swinburne

Although I spent a long time in the plastics industry, I have always had a passion for solar, so it made sense for me to actively make the switch when it was time to move on. I started at AC Solar Warehouse and haven’t looked back.

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Even though I am not based in Cairns, I still feel part of the team and really enjoy being able to look after my clients for the full solar cycle. From taking the brief, to working out whether what they want is the best solution, they only have one point of contact which is so different from other companies.

Building strong relationships is my thing whether that’s with the client, the AC Solar Warehouse team, or socially.

One of my most satisfying pastimes is walking with my young son as he peddles his bike and showing him the houses, which now have solar because of the work we do.

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Jana Spanton

Administration Officer | Cert II in Business Administration

I look after transport logistics and ensure that all freight is meticulously organised. Sometimes there are delays such as late flights or weather events, so when this occurs, I find solutions and advise the account managers of any changes so they can keep customers informed.

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I am a morning person and prefer to get on top of things as soon as possible. It’s great working with Kendra as we can share responsibilities which makes us more efficient.

Having worked previously as a teacher aide, I am used to being busy and working under pressure. It’s the team at work that make this job so enjoyable.

My main love outside of work is my children.  I also enjoy being creative and working on various car projects in my spare time.

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Corinne Mills

Administration Officer

I manage Accounts Receivable and look after the inventory/incoming stock. After 20 years plus in similar administration roles, working here is really enjoyable and refreshing. Our team is awesome and everyone gets along so well.

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Having fun and a enjoying a good laugh while remaining professional with our customers is important to me.

I really enjoy coming to work and keeping on top of the accounts and incoming stock. I like to clear all my tasks by the end of each day so that I can start afresh in the morning. There is nothing worse than having a full in-tray!

Friends and family are the most important aspects of my life and I love spending time with my footy mates, my family and our Staffy Busta. What many people may not know is that I met my husband at work in Darwin.

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Andrew Klink

Account Manager - Electrical Engineer | BEng Elect (Hons)

I started with AC Solar Warehouse after university as I wanted to use my engineering degree to contribute to making positive changes in the world. Making a start in the renewable energy industry made perfect sense and it is a pleasure to work with such motivated and forward thinking individuals who are part of the team here.

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I developed an interest in renewable energy after undertaking a volunteering program in Peru where we constructed a wind turbine to assist with powering a small remote community without access to grid electricity. I learnt so much during this trip and was even able to pick up some Spanish which I am working hard not to forget.

When I am not at work I enjoy being outside and doing anything active. I have also developed an interest in film making and enjoy putting videos together with friends of adventures around our beautiful home in North Queensland.

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Bradley Behrendorff

Digital and Admin Support

I assist with digital design and administration tasks. I am also studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and recently put this to good use when I animated the company logo for our email signatures. It worked well and I’m really pleased with the result.

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Visual design is my passion and I have also been working on our specification sheets so they look the best they can and are easy to read. I regularly update the website and created some 3D modelling for one of our stands.

The team here is amazing – they are always checking to see if I have any questions. I enjoy learning on the job from people who are experts in their field, it is a great opportunity.

I love designing in my spare time and enjoy baseball and volleyball to get away from the screen.

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Terence Fuller

Warehouse Supervisor

After 28 years at Telstra, I thought I had retired but what started as a one-off job at AC Solar Warehouse, grew into full time work! I really enjoy managing the warehouse and keeping everything tidy and running smoothly.

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I also get to help out with the operation of the switchboard building facility. I try to get everything done quickly which keeps me out of trouble.

The atmosphere here is great – we all work well as a team and manage to fit in plenty of laughs too. It’s the people who make it.

Whilst I enjoyed travelling the country and helping people when I was with Telstra, being based permanently in Cairns is far more relaxing. I get to spend time with my family, ride my two motorbikes, hang out at the baseball and sink a few cold beers. Did you know we have a bar and pool table upstairs…?

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Angus Webb

Account Manager - Electrical Engineer | BEng Elect (Hons)

I am mainly involved with the design and preparation of schematic diagrams for commercial solar systems.  As a member of the engineering team, I really enjoy assisting with the school solar project.

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I recently worked with a particularly interesting customer who had a challenging request. This turned out to be one of the greatest sources of learning for me and gave me a valuable insight into the variety of work we do.

What inspires me at AC Solar Warehouse is how so many of the engineers joined straight after graduating and are now at management level. It’s rare these days but being able to learn, have fun and work with great people in a job in which you can grow, is fantastic.

I enjoy being outdoors which was taken to another level (quite literally!) a few years ago. I got to go to the top of a windmill in Wellington at the largest windfarm in the country, to see first-hand the re-design work I had done. What most people don’t realise is that windmills have lifts!

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Ryan Shaw

Account Manager

I specialise in Edge Protection for solar installers and help them meet their WH&S requirements. Originally from New Zealand, I have a background and qualifications in fabrication and engineering.

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Kyle Rethamel

Account Manager - Electrical Engineer | BEng Elect (Hons)

I have a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours from the Queensland University of Technology.  I am working with the engineering team helping with the preparation of designs, schematic diagrams and documentation that our customers require for commercial solar installations.

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Prior to undertaking my studies at university I would spend my spare time swimming competitively.  After many years of training I was fortunate enough to compete at the National level with butterfly being my speciality.  There are a group of people at work who are also interested in swimming so we have set up a swim club to encourage each other to keep fit and enjoy the benefits of swimming in the tropics.  They call me Coach Kyle because I help out with the program and swimming techniques when we meet at the pool before work.

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Neha Shah

Account Manager - Electrical Engineer | BEng Elect (Hons)

I have a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours from James Cook University.  I am working with the engineering team helping with the preparation of designs, schematic diagrams and documentation that our customers require for commercial solar installations.

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In my spare time I love to cook with my speciality being curries.  Recently I prepared some home made curries for my work colleagues to try, which they really enjoyed.

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Ming Lin

Digital Development | Bachelor of Telecommunication Engineering

I have a strong background in website development and graphic design.  I look after the operation and development of the website as well as prepare graphic design for a variety of resources like banners, images for website, brochures etc.

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I am a qualified scuba diving instructor and love exploring the Great Barrier Reef in my spare time.

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Shiree Trundle

Administration Officer | Cert IV in Competitive Manufacturing

I look after inventory control which includes preparation of purchase orders, collection of stock orders into the warehouses and receipting of goods.  This includes both domestic and international orders for individual items up to container quantities.

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In my spare time I love photography and enjoy heading out on adventures to capture some of Australia’s beautiful locations.  I also enjoy making cushions and can add my photographic images to these making them very unique.

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Keely Henderson

Warehouse Officer

I am responsible for the construction of the Solar Distribution Boards along side the warehouse supervisor and engineering team. I am also involved with stock management and maintaining the switchboard building facility.

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Outside of work I enjoy playing baseball.  I have been one of Queensland’s pitchers for the past 5 years and have trained with the Australian team.  I am a trainer of a local Cairns team.

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Contact

  • Email

  • info@acsolarwarehouse.com

  • Phone

  • Australia: 07 4028 3979

  • New Zealand: 09 222 2262

  • Postal

  • PO Box 408, Cairns

  • Queensland 4870

  • Main office

  • 310 Spence Street, Bungalow

  • Queensland 4870

  • Warehouses

    • Brisbane

    • Hemmant 4174

    • Sydney

    • Riverwood 2210

    • Melbourne

    • Braeside 3195

    • Perth

    • Cannington 6107

    • Adelaide

    • Gillman 5013

    • Cairns

    • Bungalow 4870

    • Auckland

    • New Zealand