About Us

About Us

We are a 100% Tasmanian owned and operated business dedicated to providing quality solar and heating solutions that are best suited to the Tasmanian environment.

Your Local Specialists

As Tasmanian’s ourselves we understand the local climate & energy industry. Through experience, we know what works and only recommend solutions that suit.

Reliability That Lasts

We do it right the first time with quality equipment that gives greater performance, a higher return on investment and incredible reliability.

Superior Customer Service

We are committed to giving you quality service. Whether you are considering a new system, or have a question 10 or 20 years after your installation, we are here to help.

Jessups Solar Squad, Launceston

Serving Tasmania for Over 80 Years

You may recognise the name “Jessups”, that’s because we have been in business of for over 80 years in Launceston, Tasmania. Our history is loooooong with plenty of details that manager, John Thirgood, will tell at length given half a chance. But for you, we’ll keep it short!

Jessups started in 1939 when Mark Jessup started selling light globes from his push bike! Mark grew the business into a state-wide presence making Jessups a household name as an electrical appliance retailer.

Now with a new owner, John Thirgood, Jessups diversified and often led the market to bring Tasmanians the best in electrical. Jessups was always one of the first to stock the new technologies. Including VCRs, C64 computers (remember those!), mobile phones, bread makers, electric toothbrushes and play stations.

Staying in the forefront, it was a natural progression that John realised the potential of using reverse cycle air conditioners in the cold Tasmanian climate. With Jessups naming them “heat pumps”, Tasmanian’s began to catch on. Today, the affectionately named “heat pump” is now Tasmania’s first choice for space heating.

Solar Squad, Tasmania

As affordable solar energy generation became accessible, the Jessups team quickly recognised the opportunity for Tasmanians to take control of their energy. Adding solar power to our already extensive range of products, we embraced the future direction in electrical.

Moving with the times, in 2013 Jessups left behind electrical appliances to focus solely on solar and energy efficient solutions. Now located on Wellington Street with the new name ‘Jessups Solar Squad’, the team remains committed to providing quality solutions suited to the Tasmanian environment.

Having been in the solar business for over 15 years now, Jessups have installed 1000’s of solar systems and well over 10,000 heat pumps across Tasmania!

Our Team

Managing Director


One conversation with John and you will fully comprehend the passion that he has for solar and heat pumps. Not only is he committed to giving his customers the best possible experience, he is committed to working towards a positive future that includes access to solar power and energy efficiency for all.

Sales Manager


Mike has been with Jessups for over 40 years and his dedication is still as strong as ever. You will find that his knowledge of all aspects of solar and heat pumps is endless. With a knack for details and the ability to listen to clients’ needs, he quickly identifies the best solution. Mike is always willing to go the ‘extra yard’ for everyone to ensure they have exactly what they need.

Office Manager


As a long term Jessups team member, Sharon has been with us for over 15 years. With admin as her focus she runs a tight ship, ensuring the sales team are dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. She is the central go-to person for anything administrative or financial. She makes our accountants work a light weight exercise indeed. What would we do without Sharon!

Heat Pump Servicing


Lloyd is a multi skilled young man that is mechanically minded and well into his refrigeration apprenticeship. Our customers are always happy with Lloyd’s service and often ask for him specifically when booking their annual heat pump health check. No matter what he is doing, Lloyd always delivers service with professionalism and a smile.

Solar Installations Team

Our core six loyal and hard working subcontractors have a combined experience of over 150 years! They understand Jessups commitment to quality service and installation outcomes and continue to proudly exceed customer expectations.  Hardly a week goes by before we again have customers go out of their way to compliment the work and manner of our installation subcontractors.