Platform Finance has announced the launch of a new specialist energy division for commercial transactions.
According to the asset finance services partner, businesses are increasingly turning to smart, energy-efficient solutions given that power prices have risen by more than 100 per cent in the past 10 years.
As such, the group has now established a new energy finance division to help finance brokers provide an additional offering to clients that may be looking to fund the cost of setting up energy-related assets.
The equipment that can be funded through the new Platform Energy Finance Division include:
Christopher Murray, the former account director at finance services company Multipli, has now been appointed to head up the new division in the role of head of vendor and energy finance.
Mr Murray has more than seven years of experience in the finance and energy sector.
Speaking of the move, Platform Finance CEO Brad Crinion said: “We believe this is a growing market with enormous opportunity, which is why we have bolstered our service offering.
“The new division will enable brokers to add energy finance to their offering, to help create a competitive advantage.”
Likewise, Mr Murray added: “Based on recent finance industry trends that we’ve seen, energy is one of the fastest growing sectors for equipment finance in Australia.
“This new offering enables businesses to be self-sufficient in their energy supply, allowing them to save costs and operate more sustainably.”
The group has also reportedly invested in an online quoting and documentation system for its new energy division, in a bid to speed up transaction quoting and documentation of deals for commercial solar installers by enabling signing at the point of sale.
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Annie Kane is the editor of The Adviser, Australia’s leading magazine for mortgage brokers.
As well as writing news and features on the Australian broking industry, the mortgage market, financial regulation, fintechs and the wider lending landscape – Annie is also the host of the Elite Broker podcast and In Focus podcasts and The Adviser Live webcasts.
Before joining Momentum Media in 2016, Annie wrote for a range of business and consumer titles, including The Guardian (Australia), BBC Music Magazine, Elle (Australia), BBC Countryfile, BBC Homes & Antiques, and Resource magazine.
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