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Renewable Energy Day 2016

3 December 2016


SERREE’s Renewable Energy Day – a celebration of the excellence of the ACT and surrounding NSW region’s renewable energy sector, was held on Saturday, 3 December 2016, commencing at 10.00 am with an Official Opening at the Mount Majura Solar Farm by ACT Minister Mick Gentleman MLA and Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA.

Following morning tea and guided tours of the Mt Majura Solar Farm, hundreds of participants headed out on SERREE’s Renewable Energy Trail to visit some of Australia’s biggest and best renewable energy infrastructure sites that are located around the region. 

These sites had generously opened their gates for REday to showcase their range of technologies and provide guided tours – 150 people were registered on the free bus tours around the sites, while others chose the self-drive Trail experience.

SERREE Director Liz Veitch speaking at #REday16 Opening Ceremony

Sites included Veolia’s Woodlawn Bioreactor – one of the world’s largest landfill gas-to-energy projects; the ANU’s Big Dish – the world’s largest parabolic solar thermal dish concentrators; and ITP Renewables’ Lithium-Ion Battery Test Centre – a world-leading battery laboratory.

The diversity of renewables technologies was covered with visits to Infigen’s Woodlawn Wind Farm, ICON Water’s Mini Hydro at Googong Dam, and the CIT’s Renewable Energy Skills Training Centre.  A lunchtime highlight was a visit to ActewAGL’s Networks Centre in Tuggeranong where a display of electric vehicles, industry stalls – including roof-top solar and battery storage, a free BBQ lunch, live music and kids’ activities offered something for everyone.

Capacity crowd listens to Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA at #REday16

Renewable Energy Day and the development of the Renewable Energy Trail are both initiatives of Regional Development Australia ACT under its SERREE initiative – in collaboration with ARENA, the ACT and NSW Governments, RDA Southern Inland and SERREE Industry Cluster members.

The SERREE initiative facilitates the development of the renewable energy industry in our region and demonstrates new ways to promote regional economic development through - new local jobs, the growth of businesses, and opportunities for farmers. The Trail itself supports both regional tourism, and education – suggesting to students the possibility of a future career in the renewables industry.

A guided tour of Mount Majura Solar Farm as part of #REday16 program

Renewable Energy Trail sites display new signage that is immediately recognisable to visitors, and provides information about each of the sites, and its technology.  Each sign links to the SERREE website where a wealth of information is provided for those interested in learning more.

A Day on the Renewable Energy Trail tells the story of how our region is using its particular strengths to grow, to strengthen and to contribute. It is for everyone - for families, interest groups, cyclists, for the young and the old, and the positive feedback we’ve received about the Day suggests it was enjoyed and appreciated.

Thanks to the renewable energy industry for their on-going support of SERREE and the REtrail, particularly those opening their sites for #REday16. We are already looking forward to #REday17! 


Tour group enjoying unique opportunity to view Googong Mini Hydro

Participating #REday16 Sites: 

  • Solar PV – Mount Majura Solar Farm, Impact Investment Group 

  • Solar Thermal – ANU Big Dish, Australian National University 

  • Battery Storage – Testing Laboratory, ITP Renewables 

  • Skills Training – CIT Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence

  • Electric Vehicles – Display, CanberraEV Association 

  • Industry Displays – a range of displays hosted at ActewAGL; this site also offers a free BBQ lunch, live music and kids’ activities

  • Wind – Woodlawn Windfarm, Infigen Energy 

  • Bioenergy – Woodlawn Bioreactor, Veolia (NSW Bus Tour)

  • Mini-Hydro – Googong Dam, ICON Water (ACT Bus Tour)

ITP Renewables' Simon Troman speaks about their Battery Test Centre

Come along on a Free Bus Tour
have an up-close look at

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s many Renewable Energy Technologies
or take a self-guided trip, with all sites offering informativ
e tours
Renewable Energy Day
will showcase how and why the ACT and surrounding south
NSW is an acclaimed
egion of
Our region showcases many of the diversity of renewable energy t
and these
sites model some of the biggest and best examples of these renewable en
ergy technologies
in Australia. Together these sites form the
Renewable Energy Trail
Aspart of Renewable Energy Day - on Saturday 3 Decembe
Renewable Energy Trail sites
will open to the public. These sites invite you to visit
, and to take a guided tour, with each
site having something special to offer, and different arrangement
s in place.
REday Sites to be open in 2016 (between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm)
Mount Majura Solar Farm, Impact Investment Group
Solar Thermal
ANU Big Dish, Australian National University
Woodlawn Windfarm, Infigen Energy
Woodlawn Bioreactor, Veolia
Googong, ICON Water
Battery Storage
Testing Laboratory, CWP Renewables
Electric Vehicles
Display, EV Association
Industry Displays
a range of displays hosted at ActewAGL, Tuggeranong;
this site also offers a free BBQ lunch, live music and kids
Click here to view the Trail map showing the site locations
. Clicking on the sites on the map
will also provide more information on each site, and it
s renewable energy technology.
Click here to book your free seat on the ACT or NSW Bus
Tours. The NSW Bus tour
sponsored by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage will lea
ve from the Canberra
Theatre carpark, Civic at 9.00 am, the ACT Bus Tour will leav
e the carpark at 9.30 am
Click here for more information on each of the sites being v
isited by the bus tours.
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