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Regional Renewable Energy Business Forum

Published: 23 May 2018

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Regional Renewable Energy Business Forum

On Wednesday 16 May 2018, South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE) partnered with CIT to host a Regional Renewable Energy Business Forum, supported by the ACT Government, to showcase the region's higher education and vocational skills training resources that are currently available to develop the renewable energy industry workforce of the future.

Held in the high risk training facility at CIT Bruce, attendees received a demonstration of CIT’s Global Wind Organisation accredited wind farm training, as well as an update on CIT’s wind farm and solar photovoltaic training programs.

Guest Ken Baldwin, Director of ANU's Energy Change Institute, provided an overview of renewable energy programs available at the internationally recognised institute, and touched on the progression for renewable energy programs the future.

Key note speaker Jarra Hicks, author of the Clean Energy Council (CEC) Report: Enhancing Positive Social Outcomes from Wind Farm Development - Evaluating community engagement and benefit-sharing in Australia, shared her insights into current community engagement and benefit sharing practices at Australian wind farms. This informative session further presented a foundation for better understanding between wind farm developers and communities, as well as a range of recommendations for sharing the benefits of these projects with locals.

Additional education offerings from around the region was were presented, which included Windlab's wind masters course, Kaje Cyber's renewables plant cyber security training, REEP's renewable energy tour guiding course, along with information on the latest funding support from the ACT's Training Fund Authority, Skills Canberra, energy markets and renewables as well as the ACT Government Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.

SERREE's business forums are highly-regarded for their networking sessions and this forum continued the tradition with ample opportunities for participants to connect with others in the industry. Keep an eye out for the next forum!

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