Looking Back On 2019 With 2020 Vision

One of the first pieces of content that I created for Horan & Bird last year was a blog recapping 2018. I thought it would be a good idea to make that an annual thing and look back on how 2019 has been for us. To say that 2019 had a rocky start is an understatement. In February 2019 Townsville experienced a 500-year flood event. While we are lucky compared to some, we were not unaffected.

The Horan & Bird head office had three inches of water through it. We lost thousands of dollars of equipment and our team was out of the office for two weeks. We are lucky enough to have an amazing team that came together to get us back on track. As soon as the water had cleared our team were in the office pulling up the carpet and covering the place head to toe in vinegar.

We had temporary offices set up in people’s homes to make sure the show went on. We were lucky enough to only have two weeks out of action. Townsville is still recovering from this event, but we are glad to be a part of a community that came together to help one another.

New Regions

2019 has been a big year of interstate expansion for Horan & Bird. In 2018 we took our first steps outside of Queensland and moved into Perth and Adelaide. This year we have expanded further and crossed the border into Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Our move into Adelaide is still proving successful for us and we are excited to now be in almost every state across the country.

We began our move into Melbourne in March and now have two local Energy Specialists in the region. Year to date they have sold 312 kilowatts and 20 battery storage systems as a part of Origin’s VPP. Our team in NSW are still new but this hasn’t stopped them from selling 306 kilowatts across Newcastle and the Central Coast. Our resident Energy Specialist in Canberra has also been working his magic with 200 kilowatts sold in the region since July.

New Employees

Our manpower grew in 2019 too with 25 new employees joining the team this year. We created nine brand new roles in five different locations and promoted another nine people in the business into new positions.


This year we helped 2,405 residential customers make the switch to solar. The average household saves $1,275 a year when they have solar installed which means we’ve helped Aussie families save approximately $3.6 million in 2019.[i]


225 businesses across the country made the switch to renewable energy this year with Horan & Bird, saving approximately $5,000 a year each on their energy bill. That’s $1.1 million we have helped businesses reinvest instead of spending on electricity costs. [ii]

Our impact

In total we have installed 16.8 megawatts of solar across six different states in 2019, saving the environment from approximately 13 tonnes of carbon emissions this year. That’s the equivalent of 196 tree seedings grown for 10 years![iii]

Awards and Achievements

This year Horan & Bird brought home two big wins at the Master Electrician National Excellence Awards. Our Corporate Services Manager, Nicola McCarron took home the Women in Contracting Award and Operations Service Manager, Matt Pinney was crowned Electrician of the Year.

What’s next?

We don’t expect to slow down anytime soon. In 2020 we hope to install 26 megawatts of solar across the country. Group Manager, John Horan also hopes to continue to make Horan & Bird a household name in NSW, VIC & ACT.


[i] Calculated by average payback time: Average 5kW system cost = $5,100. Average payback period = 4 years. $5,100/4 = $1,275. Solar Panel Payback Time – Choice.

[ii] Average system size = 16kW, saving approximately $16 per day for 300 days @ 0.23c/kWh = $5,000.

[iii] Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

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