Meet the Team: Owen Davis – Technical Manager

Posted on April 30, 2019

Q: How long have you worked at Solar Power Australia?
A: 14 Years

Q: What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you have worked on at SPA?
A: We’ve been involved in some super interesting and cutting-edge projects over the years, but I reckon the Byron Bay Solar Train was my favourite. 70 tonnes of 1950s rail carriage moved silently by the power of the sun.

Q: What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
A: Negotiate politely.

Q: What are three items you’d take with you to a deserted island?
A:

1. As much of a full toolkit as is possible. If it must be a single item, then the most complex Leatherman available.
2. A long life solar powered reverse osmosis water purifier.
3. A long range satellite communications device so I can call in assistance if I want it 🙂

Q: What’s your favourite sports team?
A: The Santa Cruz Banana Slugs! Nah, to be honest, Im not really that into team sport competition.

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A professional skateboarder.

Q: What motivates you?
A: Solving issues, understanding why something wasn’t working properly, and informing people so they can avoid issues happening again. Helping people get the absolute best out of their power systems.

Q: How do you describe what you do for a living to family and friends?
A: I usually say that I design the more complex or unusual solar power systems and analyse and solve problems.

Q: Who would you most like to switch places with for a day?
A: Maybe either the premier of NSW or the prime minister, whichever position I could make the largest amount of lasting changes to our policies of governance.

Q: What characteristic do you like most about yourself?
A:My easy going attitude, and general positivity.

Q: If you could change something in the world, what would it be?
A:
The impact the human race is having on the systems and species of the planet. If we don’t change something soon, stuff is going to get wild.

Q: How do you wind down after work?
A: Going for walks at the beach or around my property, tucking into projects at home, eating enthusiastically, and hanging with friends.