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CIT's Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence Opens for Semester 1, 2016

Published: 30 Oct 2015

Renewable Energy Skills Centre
Training at CIT's Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence will include hands-on experience with wind energy technologies.

Canberra's fast growing leadership in renewable energy will be supported by quality vocational skills training following an official opening of the Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence established at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), as part of Renewable Energy Day 2015 on Friday 30 October.

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.

The wind technology qualifications and training that will be on offer from Semester 1, 2016 were today announced by CIT's Chief Executive Officer, Leanne Cover, and a 25-year funding agreement between CIT and Neoen was signed to support the training available at the centre.

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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 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.