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NT Solar Summit 2013

NT Solar Summit 2013,
Wednesday 12 June 2013,
8 am – 2pm,
Darwin Convention Centre

Free event. All welcome.

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The Northern Territory is a global solar hotspot!

The NT Solar Summit 2013 will bring solar leaders together to showcase new projects, talk about innovative financing and partnerships, and identify what’s needed to bring on a solar future.

The focus is on the solar revolution happening now, and what your business, community or school can do to go solar.

Going solar makes sense for more businesses, communities and schools than ever before. Many solar projects achieve commercial break even in as little as five years. After that, it’s almost free electricity or a handy income stream from selling unused power.

NT Solar Summit 2013 is brought to you by community, business and research organisations seeking to grow a solar future.

The Territory has a great opportunity to harness the sun and we invite you to participate in this exciting event and help create a brighter future.

Speakers and participants include business leaders, representatives of global solar companies, Territory solar leaders, leaders of innovative community renewable initiatives, solar installers and energy experts.

Rising power prices make solar a smart choice. So why is less than 1% of the Northern Territory’s energy produced from the sun? How can we build on early success stories like Alice Solar City, solar in remote Indigenous communities and pastoral properties, community solar projects like Bushlight and CAT Projects, solar schools and the recent rapid uptake of residential rooftop PV?

And at a time when the world’s best scientists are saying we must take strong action now on climate change, the Territory is in a great position to help drive a rapid solar transformation, diversify and decentralise energy generation, and cut our reliance on damaging fossil fuels. Please register today by emailing with the subject line ‘solar summit’ to come along to this great free Territory event.


ALFONSO VEGA, ABENGOA SOLAR, Brisbane, QLD: Alfonso Vega currently leads Abengoa Solar in Australia with a commitment to develop utility-scale solar power plants in Australia using Concentrating Solar Power and Photovoltaics Technologies. Alfonso is an industrial engineer who has participated as speaker in several national and international solar conferences and forums. . Alfonso will provide an introduction to Concentrating Solar Power and Photovoltaic technologies – providing an overview of the status of commercial utility-scale solar projects around the world. Potential applications for utilities and industrial users will also be discussed.

LYNDON FREARSON, CENTRE FOR APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY (CAT) Alice Springs NT: As General Manager of Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), Lyndon brings a wealth of experience in electrical engineering design and project management to CAT Projects.

During his time with CAT Projects Lyndon has developed extensive experience implementing medium to large scale infrastructure projects including three of the largest solar power plants in Australia. These projects present many opportunities for businesses, large and small, in the territory. In light of this Lyndon will provide a discussion on existing barriers to implementation in order to ensure an appropriate and viable outcome for any solar project.

ANDREA GROSVENOR, ARENA, Canberra ACT: The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) was established by the Australian Government to make renewable energy technologies more affordable and increase the amount of renewable energy used in Australia. ARENA funds renewable energy projects, supports research and development activities, and increases industry and community knowledge about renewable energy.

Andrea Grosvenor, the manager of ARENA’s new Community and Regional Renewable Energy program will discuss opportunities for regional energy distributors to work with ARENA to deliver renewable energy in off-grid communities, within the context of ARENA’s broader activities.

DEAN OSBORNE, DARWIN RESIDENT AND DEVELOPER, Darwin NT: Dean Osborne is a Director and Co-owner of Osborne Family Holdings Pty Ltd.The group has operated successfully in the Development, Building and Technology industries in the Northern Territory for the past 25 years. In his role as Project Director, Dean is overseeing the groups current project, the $450m “Avenue” precinct in Parap, Darwin. There are many decision making processes undertaken during the implementation of large-scale developments. Dean will talk about this process in relation to solar, drawing from his own experience as Project Director of the Avenue precinct in Parap, Darwin.

NICKY ISON, COMMUNITY POWER AGENCY, Melbourne VIC: Nicky is the Director of the Community Power Agency, an organization set up to help grow a vibrant community energy sector in Australia. In 2010, Nicky undertook a study tour of 30 community renewable energy projects and organisations across Europe.
Nicky also works as a Senior Research Consultant on climate change and energy at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney. Nicky will talk through the opportunities regarding Community Solar for the Northern Territory and what people can do to get community solar projects up and running in their areas.

PROF ANDREW CAMPBELL, CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY, Darwin NT: Professor Andrew Campbell is Head of the School of Environment, Director of the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods and Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy at Charles Darwin University. His research interests span the interactions between climate, water, energy, food systems and biodiversity, and the interface between knowledge, science and policy.

Andrew is hosting the scenario question panel ‘Turning on the sun in the Territory to meet and exceed the 20% Renewable Energy target by 2020. How? Where? Who?

Please RSVP today: with the subject ‘Solar Summit’