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CIT to Launch Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence

Published: 29 Oct 2015

Renewable Energy Day, Friday 30 October

Canberra's fast growing leadership in renewable energy will be supported by quality vocational skills training following an official opening TOMORROW of the Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence established at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), as part of Renewable Energy Day 2015.

Renewable Energy Day is an initiative of the South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE) project, established to promote, support and build the renewable energy sector of the ACT and surrounding region.

The event will be opened by ACT Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell MLA and the wind technology qualifications that will be on offer from Semester 1, 2016 will be announced by CIT's Chief Executive Officer, Leanne Cover.

The centre at CIT Bruce will support the ACT Government's renewable energy targets for Canberra to be powered by 90% renewable energy by 2020, by offering the skills training and qualifications to meet workforce needs.

A 25-year funding agreement between CIT and Neoen will also be signed to support the training available at the centre.

Director of CIT Technology and Design, William Nauenburg, says the centre will provide new and existing learners with the skills and qualifications they need to operate and maintain wind energy technologies for an exciting career in an increasingly significant field.

"Our close collaboration with industry partners, particularly Neoen and the Hornsdale Wind Farm, means students get hands-on experience as they study and graduate with industry-relevant qualifications.

"Canberra is becoming the hub for renewable energy research, innovation and technology, and CIT's Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence will be an essential feature of that landscape as we build a renewable energy future," Mr Nauenburg said.

Plans are also underway to equip the centre for technologies and qualifications in other fields of renewable technology, such as in solar, microgrids and battery technologies.

Renewable Energy Day is open to the public and will particularly benefit school students and people interested in entering the renewable technology field as new learners or people in associated industries looking to upskill or gain qualifications to work with renewable energy technologies.

The event will offer tours of the Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence as well as broader tours of the region to explore a range of significant renewable energy sites.

The event will take place on Friday 30 October from 9am-4pm at K Block, CIT Bruce, with the official opening by Minister Corbell MLA at 10am.

Visitors can register to attend at

Media enquiries:
Deborah Nesbitt, phone (02) 6207 8218 or 0402 398 612, or email

Course enquiries:
Canberra Institute of Technology, phone (02) 6207 3188 or email