ZEN Technologies (Power and Energy) Pty Ltd was established in 2004 to develop innovative and sustainable energy technologies. Today, ZEN Energy Systems is Australia’s favourite home energy systems brand.
As the founder and CEO of ZEN, Richard Turner first explored solar energy for his children’s cubby-house to power a light and television. He discovered there were all kinds of solar panels, inverters, components and other parts that had to be bought separately and pieced together like a puzzle.
With climate change becoming a reality it seemed that an integrated and affordable solution would soon be needed. With considerable research, negotiating and identifying world-class componentry, ZEN created its first range of home solar systems. They were affordable, easy to install and integrated for optimum performance.
The dawn of a new era in solar energy.
The first ZEN range included five system packages that could power anything from a partial home to nearly an entire home. This “Offset Range” has since been complemented by the “Whole Home” range, designed to power even more than an entire home.
ZEN had soon installed many new energy systems and also created a model for community installations. In early 2008, ZEN installed systems in 25 homes for the “Mildura Buyers Group” in Victoria.
Soon after, ZEN helped coordinate another community program in the Victorian shire of Towong. The project included a multi-award winning training program for local trades and a scholarship program for secondary schools. In 2009, ZEN replicated its success in New South Wales and South Australia.
In 2010, ZEN also helped launch a joint Solar Community Program in South Australia. Led by Victor Harbor Council, the initiative was created for nine regional Councils creating a rapid uptake of solar home energy.
ZEN's new Business Systems Division.
Businesses and farmers soon started seeing the benefits of large-scale solar energy leading to ZEN establishing its Business Systems Division. Success of the division can be found in South Australia’s first Dual Axis Solar Tracking Farm. It now provides the total power needs of the world’s largest wildlife reserve, Monarto Zoo. Likewise, the high-profile Visitor’s Centre at Jacob’s Creek Winery in the popular Barossa Valley wine region is powered by ZEN.
Vision for the future.
In 2011, ZEN’s network of sales licensees evolved to a franchisee model with over 75 head office staff and 20 franchise sales environments. The ongoing expansion of ZEN includes research into a range of exciting new products that will help make home energy systems even more attractive in the future.