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ARENA support for SERREE Industry Cluster

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Regional Development Australia (RDA) ACT signed a three-year Funding Agreement (6 August 2014), that will support the establishment of the SERREE Renewable Energy Industry Cluster in the south east NSW-ACT region – a centre of industry and research excellence for Australia’s renewable energy industry, with a global footprint.

RDA ACT is the Cluster funding administrator and SERREE Initiative lead on behalf of partner organisations who have committed additional financial support including the NSW and ACT Governments, RDA Southern Inland, and the following Industry stakeholders:

ActewAGL, AECOM Australia, CWP Renewables, Downer Group, Elementus Energy, Epuron, EPYC, Infigen Energy , Pacific Hydro, RATCH-Australia, Senvion Australia, Union Fenosa Wind Australia, Vestas Australian, Wind Technology , Windlab Systems, and Zhenfa Australia.

Other corporates interested in supporting the SERREE Industry Cluster are encouraged to contact theSERREE Cluster Manager.

The SERREE Industry Cluster, will work to:

Facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders by:

-          hosting regular industry forums, conferences and other events

-          providing information through the SERREE Industry Cluster Web Portal

-          developing projects such as the Renewable Energy Education Trail.

Increase local business capacity and content in renewable energy infrastructure projects within the region;

Facilitate the optimisation of benefit from renewable energy business, investment and market development opportunities identified across the region;

Identify challenges and barriers to increased uptake of renewable energy across the region and develop strategies to overcome these; and

Identify training and skills that are needed in the renewable energy sector within the south east NSW – ACT region, and ensure that courses to be delivered are appropriate to meet the current and future needs of the local industry.

A knowledge-sharing component of the Cluster work will be to establish and document replicable best practice methods for renewable energy industry development that can be adopted to form Industry Clusters in other regions of Australia.

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