A new solar forum hosted by the Clean Energy Council in Brisbane will give engineers and technical specialists access to insights from leading experts in the field, at a time when billions of dollars are being invested in large-scale solar across the country.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said large-scale solar was taking off in Australia, and the one-day technical conference would help to ensure there are enough professionals with the necessary skills to deliver the many projects which will be built between now and 2020.

“Costs are plunging as hundreds of megawatts of new power plants are being built across the country. A combination of the Renewable Energy Target, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and billions of dollars in private investment is creating big opportunities in the country’s sunniest locations with good access to the power grid,” Mr Thornton said.

“The projects going to construction this year add up to approximately 1900 direct jobs and more than $2.350 billion of investment, with more than 1000 of these jobs in Queensland alone.

“Large-scale solar is a relatively new technology in Australia with massive potential, and it’s exciting to be running the Large-scale Solar Industry Forum, the first dedicated large-scale solar technical conference by the industry for the industry.”

Confirmed speakers for the event include Australian Energy Market Operator Principal Jenny Riesz, Entura Principal Engineer Donald Vaughan, FRV Managing Director Cameron Garnsworthy and AECOM Principal Engineer Sonja Basson. A list of speakers is available on the Clean Energy Council website.

Mr Thornton said the conference will include presentations on subjects such as resource assessment, project design, grid connection and integration, construction and operations.

“The technical sessions will be followed by networking drinks, providing those attending with an opportunity to make new connections across the industry, at a price that will allow them to bring their colleagues along,” he said.

Registrations and full program details can be found at cleanenergycouncil.org.au/solarforum.

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