The All-Energy Australia Exhibition & Conference 2016, presented in partnership with the Clean Energy Council, starts in Melbourne today, delivering the latest insights from the nation’s leading experts.

Opening the conference this morning, Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said he looked forward to many illuminating conversations over the two-day event about the many innovations and changes needed en route to a zero-emission energy system.

“This is a very exciting time for the renewable energy industry, and for solar and storage in particular. Climate change or no climate change, renewable energy is now the lowest-cost form of new electricity generation in much of the world,” Mr Thornton said.

“It is disappointing that some commentators and public figures used a natural disaster last week to play cheap political games and try to blame renewable energy for something caused by freak weather.

“What’s clear is that Australia needs a coherent plan for a modern energy system, rather than yet another boring chapter of the energy policy blame game. Most people want more renewable energy, and they don’t appreciate cheap shots every time it gets a bit hard.

“We need all sides of politics to collaborate and work together for the good of the people who voted for them,” he said.

The Clean Energy Council is presenting a dedicated professional development stream for solar professionals, as well as the Women in Renewables lunch and the ATRAA dinner for the industry tonight.

All-Energy Australia, presented in partnership with the Clean Energy Council, is located at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 4-5 October. Registration is free.

Visit www.all-energy.com.au to register and for full event details.

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.