Kerry Ford


Kerry and Trudy purchased a rural forestry block where the only power supply was a small petrol generator, no grid connection. FreshEnergy installed a solar based off grid system that became the primary supply, with the generator only there as back-up.

What do you like most about the system that was installed?

It’s simple, simple to understand and simple to use. It’s exactly what we were looking for.

What were your expectations before you started?

We didn’t know what to expect, we’d never had to do this before, we’d just bought land with no power pole. We had 2 options, link with the power system or go off grid.

How has this perception changed?

We would absolutely do this again. Even if we had power to the property, if we had the money, we’d do it again.

What are the 3 biggest benefits?

  1. Saving money. There are definite cost benefits
  2. We don’t suffer power cuts regardless of weather like other rural properties!
  3. As part of the process, we had to measure and see exactly how much energy we used so that the system was designed to accommodate this. Going through this process made us understand our energy usage, how wasteful with energy we were and what we could do to reduce our usage and therefore the cost of our power.

Would you recommend Julian and FreshEnergy?

Would I recommend him? Absolutely!

Anything else you’d like to add?

On a personal note, we found Julian good to deal with. He uses a language that’s easy to understand, he doesn’t try to confuse you with jargon, he explains everything really well. He listened to what we wanted but guided us to what we really needed. His after sales service was exceptional. He was always really easy to get hold of. Very, very good.