Skills grant for innovative Grafton company
Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan has congratulated electrical contracting business Grafton Electrical Pty Ltd on being awarded an Industry Skills Fund grant.
“Grafton Electrical is a great example of a small innovative local business that is looking to what customers will want in the future,” he said.
“The Federal Government recognises that having a skilled and well-trained workforce is critical to any company’s success. That is why we are working in partnerships with business through programmes like the Industry Skills Fund.”
Director of Grafton Electrical, Ian Walters, invested in the Grafton Solahart dealership in 2009 and has grown the company with his sons to permanently employ eight staff.
Solahart, one of Australia’s leading renewable energy solution innovators, is collaborating with Tesla batteries to be a major authorized reseller.
Mr Walters said the company will use the grant to train staff to safely design and install the new revolutionary Tesla Powerwall battery system to store renewable energy.
The energy is stored when the solar panels are producing power in excess to the household demand, and then draw down from the batteries when the panels are not producing solar power.
“The Tesla battery is the next generation renewable energy technology and we need to keep up with all these advances because that is what our customers expect us to do,” Mr Walters said.
The Industry Skills Fund assists industry to invest in training and support services and to develop innovative training solutions. The fund will help to build a highly skilled workforce that can take advantage of new business growth opportunities and adapt to rapid technological change.