Wes Shields of Southern Cross Solar is another small businessman offering his expert services to the green-minded households.
Operating out of Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs (McKinnon) Wes specialises in the design and installation of grid connect and stand alone photovoltaic power systems which not only reduce the initial installation costs, but also your carbon footprint and electricity bill.
Wes is also involved in the creation of ETREC (Electrical and Telecommunications and Renewable Energy Contractors Pty Ltd), which is being set up to service the needs of contractors in the electrical, telecommunications and renewable sectors.
Wes is 36 and has been in this industry for 20 years. He is:
Ben Schneiders of The Age reported in May about Wes’ involvement in the creation of ETREC in which 8000 to 9000 electrical and renewable contractors will be initially targeted. He said:
“In an unusual move for a union, the Victorian branch of the Electrical Trades Union is behind the creation of ETREC, and union state secretary Dean Mighell was adamant that the new body would not have an industrial agenda and would not be controlled by the ETU.
Instead, the new body would run its own affairs and be about bulk buying and service delivery through offering discount accounting services, insurance, standardised contracts, website creation and debt collection, with plans down the track to offer training services.
Members of ETREC could opt to be an associate member of the union for free and access its services, and vice versa.
Mr Mighell said many people who regarded themselves as contractors did not have an affinity with unions.
In charge of setting up the new group is Peter Mighell, Dean’s cousin, who has a background in small business and, despite his name, no background in unions.
Both say the relationship between the groups has to be businesslike.”
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