Local renewable energy businesses collaborate to power the Canberra region’s future

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Eighty five local renewable energy stakeholders participated in a recent forum aimed at enhancing collaboration and facilitating local business content in regional renewable energy projects.   The forum also aimed to stimulate the growth and sustainability of the region’s renewable energy sector, that will help to strengthen and diversify the region’s economy.

The Regional Renewable Energy Business Forum, on 7 November 2013, was organized by South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE)., and hosted by Regional Development Australia ACT and Southern Inland, and the ACT, NSW and Federal Governments .

The ACT Government’s representative, Jon Sibley, said that the Government has legislated a 90% renewable energy (electricity) target for the ACT to be achieved by 2020. This is in the context of a global trend for renewables to account for between 69 and 74 percent of new power capacity added by 2030, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The NSW Government’s Kate Norris  advised that the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan includes actions to facilitate investment opportunities through a Renewable Energy Advocate (a role she is acting in currently), and support community engagement and ownership of projects through the Regional Clean Energy Program.
Other speakers at the forum were:

  • Kieran Lewis, Acciona Australia – Royalla Solar Farm (20MW capacity)
  • Adrian Oakey, Wind Prospect CWP  – proponent of the Boco Rock Wind Farm near Nimmitabel
  • Qiao Han, Zhenfa Australia – Mugga Lane Solar Farm (13MW capacity)
  • David Griffin, Infigen – Capital East Solar Farm; Capital and Woodlawn Wind Farms
  • Justin Ryan, Armada Solar
  • Robert Boz, Marco Engineering.
  • John de Groote, Divall’s Earthmoving
  • Peter Davies, Real Power Systems/ID Gasifiers Pty Ltd
  • Klaus Baumgartel, Industry Capability Network (ICN)

The Business Forum was the first in a series of three Forums to be hosted by SERREE.  This first event recognised the key role that business and industry sectors have in determining future pathways for renewable energy development.  The second Forum, planned for 5 March 2014, will focus on how best to build skills and manufacturing capacity within our region to meet the future identified needs of industry.

Find out more about SERREE and the recent business forum at:

http://rdaact.org.au/serree/events/Business-Forum/

 

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