Meet the Team

Experience Counts

When you are about to invest thousands of dollars to save money for your business, you want to make sure the people working with you have the experience and ability to deliver.

Colin Gillam – Co-founder and Technical Director

With over 20 years’ experience working in the renewable energy sector, focused on solar thermal, solar electricity, batteries and storage, biodiesel and EV chargers, Colin has held CEO, Managing Director and Project Director positions for several Australian and multinational companies in the space.

Colin has international experience having lived and worked in China for a number of years and headed up business development for a solar inverter and EV charger manufacturer as well as UK and German solar battery manufacturers.

Colin has project managed solar projects from small residential, through 100kW solar carports to solar farms of 6MW over the past 20 years so has hands on experience in the solar space.

Previously he setup small commercial manufacturing of biofuels for vehicles from waste cooking oil, has patents and design registrations for solar heating and cooling products, was a member of the Electric Vehicle Association in the 1980s and 1990s, was a winner of the ABC New Inventors and appeared on TV with Michael Caton (“tell him he’s dreaming”) and Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil and former Federal Environment Minister) to raise funds for the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Colin has been a presenter at numerous Clean Tech conferences in Australia and internationally and has made appearances on several short films and TV shows on renewable energy.

Matthew Lutter – Co-founder and Sales Director

Mat has worked for over 20 years in Japan and South East Asia for Global Investment Banks. More recently, he has worked directly in project management for major brand name stock market listed solar, battery and renewable component companies. For the last four years he has had a passion for finding the right solutions for Australian businesses around renewable energy and arranging either lease finance or chattel mortgage for commercial solar and renewable energy projects.

When the right clean energy project has been proposed, ABS is able to access up to a 20 year finance for some clients where maximizing cash flow benefit and savings is the most important outcome.

Mat is also a Climate Active Registered Consultant, able to assist businesses with getting to carbon zero.

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As well as working towards zero carbon outcomes, Mat has been able to help significantly reduce large commercial power and gas budgets, as well as leading some ground breaking cheaper group procurement deals for multi site , blue chip companies. Our expertise is in not only accessing cheaper grid energy procurement but detailed network tariff fee reductions using our energy management optimization platform.

Frank Penzes – CEC Accredited Designer and Installer

Frank has been designing and installing solar systems for over 15 year.

Frank and Colin have worked together since 2008. They have also installed some of the more innovative solar projects including the NMIT New Energy Building and the APM 100kW system (one of the largest commercial systems at the time) as well as numerous commercial and residential systems.

Frank is recognised as one of the most experienced and thorough installers, often called in to do audits or repairs to work done by other installers.

Frank runs his own business, Pure Green Energy who are our preferred installers for residential and SME work.