CBS Printing is a family- owned and operated business that has been providing commercial printing, design and distribution services to the Macarthur area for over 40 years. CBS Printing made the decision to install over 260 solar panels on the 1300sqm roof of its Smeaton Grange factory in September 2018 and has since saved almost $30,000 on energy costs.
In 2020, the panels produced 96.8MWh of energy, which is enough to use a computer for 841,562 hours or to make 1,935,594 pieces of toast.
Director, Stephen Wilson, said the decision to convert to solar was easy, after calculating the company’s return on investment to be under 5 years.
“When we looked into the rate of return and potential for future savings, we realised this was a very sensible choice to make, especially considering the government STC incentives available at the time,” Wilson said.
“I see solar as an excellent long-term investment in both the property and our family business.”
Wilson said the company has expanded its extensive range of printing and fulfilment services over the past 12 months to adapt to challenges experienced as a result of COVID-19. CBS Printing has started producing ready-meal food packaging, which has seen a spike in demand since the start of the pandemic. This decision has helped offset a downturn in business from regular clients who were unable to operate due to COVID-19 restrictions and reflects the same forward-thinking that inspired the company to go solar.
In addition to its financial benefits, Wilson says the decision to convert to solar energy was an important step toward the company’s goal to develop sustainable business practices. He stated that the staff are proud of the company’s approach to sustainability and that the company has shared its carbon-reduction efforts including installing solar with customers.
Wilson said that the statistics provided to CBS Printing by Energus reinforce the company’s decision to go solar when they see the energy and financial savings the solar installation is achieving.
Smeaton Grange, NSW