Meet the Team: Owen Davis – Technical Manager

Posted on 30/04/2019

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?

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?
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.