Who is BOOM!?

Boom works with residential, business and not-for-profit customers to make it easy to buy solar and storage.

Why BOOM!?

BOOM! It's what you want to shout when you go solar (and storage).

It's a feeling of freedom. It's knowing your bills are under control - at last.

It's knowing your hard earned is working on your roof, not propping up corporate HQ of some energy company, down the line.

But going solar can also feel like hard work. Hustlers will sell you the solar dream, on the phone and door-to-door. Friends have stories, and advice to give. Some bloke called Bob reckons solar panels are #fakenews. Every week a new story in the paper or online says solar this, solar that.

Who do you trust?

We think BOOM!

BOOM! Is 30 years experience, helping people just like you get power bills under control. We know solar. We know storage. We know energy - that’s hot water, heating, cooling, tariffs, you name it.

We are geeky enough to geek out if you want to go there.

But we know most people just want simple solar answers they can trust.

The BOOM! team

We combine 30 years of solar experience, some fancy degrees, five kids and some small scale agriculture to keep us grounded on the weekends. One of us even worked at the CSIRO.

We are a modern, distributed team for a modern distributed energy market, with a presence across regional Victoria, serving people and organisations throughout Australia.

Alex Houlston
Alex leads strategic partnerships and project delivery. Alex is the extrovert on the team, who has lived and breathed major projects in social, affordable and sustainable housing for over a decade.
Tosh Szatow
Tosh takes care of the technical stuff. He has been a consumer advocate, CSIRO scientist and is always up for taking on crazy ideas, so long as they are crazy enough to work.
David Perry
David is an engineer and scientist, and self-proclaimed CTO of Boom (no-one seemed to mind). He has dabbled in neuroscience, agriculture and supercomputers.

BOOM! Projects

BOOM! morphed out of projects developed and delivered by Energy for the People since 2012, in collaboration with data and science whizz Dr. David Perry. We’ve created business cases, managed procurement or handled implementation on over $100m of solar projects across Australia, from small-scale household stuff through to commercial rooftop solar and small solar farms. Amongst the most important work we have done has been 3,000kW (3MW) of solar, plus batteries and energy efficiency benefitting over 1,000 community housing tenants - ensuring some of society's most vulnerable are benefitting from rooftop solar, storage and efficiency. 

Other headline grabbers have been 100kW on Abbotsford Convent, Solar and Storage for Footscray Community Arts Centre, 100kW on The Mill in Castlemaine, a business case and plan for taking Tylagum Off Grid, and for Renewable Newstead to go 100% solar. We’ve also consulted to the NSW and Victorian governments on multi-year, state-wide projects, and portfolio-wide work for thousands of properties. 

Wait, there's more!

Since Energy for the People was founded in 2012 we have retained a commitment to ensuring our profit is reinvested to benefit the many. It's our way of saying "No!" to Christmas parties on yachts, and "Yes!" to feeling good all the time. Our approach continues with BOOM!, which donates 50% of after-tax profit to individuals and organisations creating equality of opportunity - that’s shorthand for creating work opportunities directly, or through training and education for people who are otherwise at risk of being left out - think the long-term unemployed, young people at risk, and those at risk of homelessness. We’re backing this up through partnerships with like-minded philanthropic and impact investment groups across Australia (watch this space, or get in touch).