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Renewable Energy Day 2017

25 November 2017

RDA ACT's SERREE initiative hosted a sold out Renewable Energy Day recently on Saturday, 25 November 2017.

Renewable Energy Day is a celebration of our Renewable Energy Trail – a journey that explores new energy technologies paving the way for a better, brighter future for the ACT and its surrounding south east NSW region.

This year, two guided bus tours took off visiting renewable energy sites across the region.

The NSW Tour included the iconic Woodlawn Wind Farm overlooking Lake George, Veolia’s Woodlawn Bioreactor – one of the world’s largest landfill gas-to-energy projects, and Impact Investment Group’s Mt Majura Solar Farm – the first solar farm in Australia with Nextracker’s innovative tracking technology.

The ACT Tour included the ANU’s Big Dish – the world’s largest parabolic solar thermal dish concentrator, ITP Renewables’ Lithium-Ion Battery Test Centre – a world-leading battery performance testing laboratory, as well as Manoeng’s Mugga Lane Solar Park, Icon Water’s Mt Stromlo Mini-Hydro, Ginninderry’s The Link building, and CIT Renewable Energy Skills Centre.

Both tours featured Pialligo Estate’s regional produce for morning tea. The NSW Tour included lunch and complimentary wine tasting at regional winery, Contentious Character, and the ACT Tour featured lunch at Ginninderry’s The Link offering views over the picturesque Murrumbidgee River corridor.

Renewable Energy Day welcomed two additional sites to feature Renewable Energy Trail signage including Ginninderry’s The Link (see image above) and CIT Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence which also houses the ITP Renewables’ Lithium-Ion Battery Test Centre.

Renewable Energy Day and the development of the Renewable Energy Trail are initiatives of Regional Development Australia ACT under its SERREE (South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence) initiative.  These are not solely investments into the sustainability of our world, but also a new way to promote regional economic development.  Facilitating the development of the renewable energy industry in our region supports new local jobs, the growth of business and regional investment.  The Trail itself additionally supports regional tourism and education – suggesting to students the possibility of a future career in the renewables industry.

RDA ACT – SERREE would like to thank sponsors for their contribution to RE Day 2017, which included: ACT Government who sponsored the bus for the ACT Tour; Ginninderry who, sponsored the ACT Tour lunch; and, NSW Government who sponsored the bus for the NSW Tour.

RDA ACT – SERREE would also like to thank all the sites for opening up and providing guided tours of their facilities.

Click here to learn more about the Renewable Energy Trail

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