Case study: Barcaldine Welding Works

Energy Manufacturing Central Queensland

Barcaldine Welding Works, run by Darryl and Leanne Kelly, is a successful small business providing metal fabrication and welding services to the Barcaldine region. The equipment used for metal fabrication is relatively energy intensive by nature, resulting in high energy bills for a small company.

By installing a 6.9kW solar system and LED lighting, the company cut their energy bill by 60%. The system paid for itself in less than 4 years. Before these upgrades the company was paying between $1,300–1,400 per quarter and now only pay $300–400 per quarter in electricity bills.

This case study is part of a series of case studies that have been developed as part of the Queensland Communities in Transition project. It was prepared by The Ecoefficiency Group as part of the Clean Growth Choices Consortium with funding from Queensland Department of Environment and Science.