Shell will distribute solar energy systems for water pumping across Australia.
PERTH, Australia – Shell Australia has signed an agreement with Solar Energy Systems (SES) of Perth to use its dealer network to see the SES’s Sun Mill family of solar-powered water pumps. Shell will put its brand on the SES product. “The alliance is not just about the environment,” says Shell Australia chairman Peter Duncan. “Shell views SES’s technology as the most economic water supply solution for our extensive rural customer base, particularly in the outback. There is a large potential market of farmers, pastoralists, miners and Aboriginal communities in rural Australia that can benefit enormously from SES water pumps.” The signing represents a significant step for SES, which manufactures and installs solar water pumping technologies in the agricultural and mining sectors and at remote Aboriginal settlements. Officials say the Sun Mill has been praised by customers in Australia’s rural areas for its reliability, cost and simplicity. “The agreement is confirmation that we are here to stay as an established national name in water pumping,” says SES chairman Cathy Zoi. “Linking our products with Shell’s nationally recognised branding is an extremely positive development. This distribution agreement will significantly expand our presence and sales across Australia.” “In Shell’s 100th year in Australia, it is pleasing we are diversifying to help deliver water to the bush, with a clean, simple and efficient range of products,” adds Duncan. “This fits very comfortably with Shell’s commitment to the highest standards of economic, environmental and social performance.” “With our products and Shell’s reputation, I think this is the first step in meeting SES’s long term aims of bringing clean, cheap water to the people of the world,” explains Zoi. SES claims that its solar-powered water pump makes it ten times cheaper to run than diesel pumps.