Solar in the Sunshine State


Leigh Naylor was born and bred in Cairns. Family, friends and the warm winter weather have kept him in far north Queensland all his life.

RACQ Solar Leigh Cairns
It was during his electrical apprenticeship Leigh was first introduced to rooftop solar power. He then went on to start his own business, Southside Electrical.

Almost eight years later, his interest in renewable energy continues to grow with Leigh helping to launch RACQ Solar in Cairns as one of the organisation’s accredited rooftop solar and home battery installers.  

“What I like about the solar industry is that it’s always changing, it’s always improving. With renewables there’s always something new you’ve got to learn, it’s always challenging. 

“This is a really great opportunity to be aligned with RACQ and its reputation of quality and honesty and also to make solar and home batteries more accessible for people in Cairns.”

With cost-of-living pressures increasing, including electricity prices, people are increasingly looking for ways to save money.

“I am very interested in providing an alternative for customers instead of just relying on the electricity grid, or retailers where they get told a price, with solar it gives homeowners the ability to control their costs more.”

He admits it can be overwhelming for those who want to install solar but don’t know where to start.

“Solar systems can be very confusing because there are a lot of products on the market, there are a lot of manufactures, and everybody uses different products. 

“You have to be careful and do your research because there is bad quality materials in the market. You need to be using the right products and the right installers, and that’s why I wanted to be aligned with RACQ Solar to make sure people in Cairns are getting a quality product and their money’s worth.”

When he’s not installing electrical wiring, power points or solar and battery systems, you’ll likely find Leigh barramundi fishing with his parents in Cape York or go-karting with his brothers.

“We mainly go-kart locally, around Cairns, Townsville, Mareeba. I haven’t competed as much recently, but in 2013 I won the Senior Nationals Queensland Championship”

Look out Daniel Riccardo! For now though, Leigh is firmly focused on growing his local business and ensuring his team provide reliable service to RACQ Solar customers. 

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