Our growth journey from 2015 to 2018

Barbara Albert from 100% Renewables presenting at the CSIRO Innovation Forum

A few weeks ago, we were asked to deliver a presentation on our growth journey at the CSIRO Business Innovation Forum in Sydney. This opportunity allowed us to reflect on our achievements to date and to share our story with you.

In 2009, Barbara started her business Sustainable Business Consulting, and Patrick started his business Patrick Denvir Consulting two years later. In 2011, Barbara was looking for ‘the best energy expert’ and was referred to Patrick by the NSW Government. Thus began our journey in business.

Having collaborated on numerous projects, in 2014 Sustainable Business Consulting was selected to develop the Renewable Energy Master Plan for Lismore City Council, which was the first Council in Australia to commit to 100% renewable energy.

After successfully developing this plan, we were then selected to develop renewable energy master plans for Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie-Hastings Councils who both committed to 100% renewable energy as well. It was then that we decided to make helping business transition to clean energy our main business purpose.

To reflect our new purpose, we merged our two businesses in 2015 and named it ‘100% Renewables’. Our business grew rapidly over the following 18 months, leading to a need for us to find the time and space to plan strategically for the future. In mid-2017 an opportunity came along and we joined the ACU Collaboration Space. Since joining, we have been able to plan ahead, develop strategic partnerships, find a business mentor, grow our business and hire new staff! The Collaboration space has been a major catalyst in helping our business take the step from a partnership of two to a small business of six and growing.

If you are interested in how we have grown, we’d love for you to watch our Youtube video. If you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to share it with us. We look forward to helping you with YOUR journey to a clean energy future.

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