Join host Nico Johnson on the SunCast podcast as guest Andy McCarthy shares an incredible story of determination and resilience that led to the creation of one of Australia’s largest solar companies.
Andy relied on his ADHD-driven ability to hyperfocus and his natural curiosity to navigate the renewable energy industry. He founded Gippsland Solar in 2010, which was acquired by RACV Solar in 2019.
Despite his lack of knowledge about solar technology, he humbly sought guidance from experts, learning and growing every step of the way. In this episode, Andy shares his entrepreneurial journey with Nico, recounting the challenges and triumphs he experienced while building Gippsland with his wife, Kelly.
Beyond business success, Gippsland Solar has earned the acceptance and support of the community despite its location in Australia’s coal country. Collaborating with government entities and local councils, Andy and his team showcased renewable energy as a path forward, emphasizing ecological stewardship and diversity as catalysts for innovation.
The Gippsland Solar Community Fund has invested over $1 million in sponsorships and donations, benefiting various community initiatives such as food banks, wildlife shelters, and drought relief efforts.
Andy delves into the personal toll of running a rapidly growing business and the importance of developing a sustainable and resilient business model. And he shares insights on the significance of people in mergers and acquisitions, highlighting their role in ensuring the success of such endeavors.
With his unique blend of humor and humility, Andy emphasizes the power of storytelling and community engagement in gaining support for renewable energy. He also touches upon his ADHD diagnosis, viewing it as a superpower that enhances his ability to leverage his unique traits and capabilities.
Join Nico and Andy on this inspiring podcast episode on the transformative power of passion, perseverance, and a commitment to sustainability. Discover how Andy’s story can motivate and empower young individuals facing challenges as they strive for a brighter future. Learn valuable lessons on humility, seeking guidance, and continuously learning from others along the entrepreneurial journey.