The History of North Coast Power & Water
1990; North Coast Power & Water’s history started as the second of four BP Solar Australia company owned retail outlets. A network of solar distributors was set up between Newcastle and Cairns that were supplied by BP Solar Coffs Harbour.
1991; There wasn’t enough business in solar alone at that time so the decision was made to diversify the product range and become a major supplier of pumping and irrigation equipment on the North Coast.
1992; BP Solar expanded the range of products to include: solar hot water, poly water tanks, irrigation, domestic water filtration, wood fired heaters & stoves, lawn mowers, chainsaws and electric fences.
1995; A competition was run to come up with a trading name that better reflected the range of products sold and the area covered by BP Solar Coffs Harbour. As a result of this the name of North Coast Power & Water was registered in December 1995.
1999; BP Solar, as part of the changes within BP, due to the merger with Amoco in 1998 decided to sell their 4 company owned retail outlets. These outlets were base in Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Rockhampton and Darwin.
2000; North Coast Power & Water was purchased by the Graetz Family in July 2000. They had visited the Coffs Harbour region previously on an extended holiday and loved the area, especially the location, climate and scenery. Ashley, the Managing Director, was previously working as the Sales Manager for the Darwin, BP Solar shop.
2016; After 16 years successfully running the NCPW business, Ashley began dreaming about the open road and spending more time with his wife Tina. In July 2016, Brendan Graetz, Ashley’s son returned back to the family business to start taking some pressure off Ashley. Brendan had previously spent 7 years in the family business before moving to Brisbane, QLD where he worked in a National Marketing and Sales role with Apricus Australia. After 5 years with Apricus, and after having two children – Brendan returned to the Coffs Coast with his new family to re-join the family business and eventually take the reigns.
Since 1990, the range of products and services have varied & changed. But the core values of NCPW still remain the same: To have knowledgeable staff that can size, support and supply top quality products at competitive pricing.
NCPW’s Product range now includes:
Solar Power – Grid connect systems, home battery systems, solar pumping, remote area solar systems, solar panels, batteries, inverters, regulators, chargers and more…
Hot water systems – Apricus evacuated tube solar, residential hot water systems, gas and commercial hot water systems.
Water tanks – Round, slimline and underground tanks to suit any application.
Water Pumps – Household pressure, solar, fire fighting, submersible, water transfer and more.
Irrigation – Poly pipe, poly fittings, valves, taps, nozzles, sprinklers, timers, controllers,
Filtration – Domestic and commercial, filters to keep your water safe and tasting great.
Generators – Silenced inverter generators, open set, petrol and diesel.
North Coast Power & Water in 2000
North Coast Power & Water in 2010
North Coast Power & Water in 2017