Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Charity solar power installation takes Melbourne Citymission back to the future

Clean Energy Council
19 Apr 2011

The century-old Hartnett House in Brunswick was fitted with the latest in clean energy technology today, to mark the official launch of the inaugural Clean Energy Week, to be held in Melbourne, May 2-7. Leading solar company Clenergy donated and installed a three-kilowatt solar power system valued at $10,000 at the Melbourne Citymission facility on Albion Street. Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Matthew Warren said the charity installation was a fantastic way to launch the landmark event on Australia's clean energy calendar.

"Hartnett House and Melbourne Citymission have been providing magnificent service to the local community here for a century. We're bringing a wonderful old building into the new energy age, giving it access to cheap, clean power to run its operations."

Clean Energy Week will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and is expected to attract more than 1500 delegates from Australia and around the world. It will be the biggest clean energy event ever staged in Australia, combining the previously separate Clean Energy Council National Conference and Australia's biggest solar event, the ATRAA Conference.

In another first, the Clean Energy Week exhibition area will be open to the public and the week will also feature a newly introduced education program for school children that sold out in days. "We felt it was time to open our doors to the public, because the shift to clean energy sources is one which will reach into every lounge room and will be talked about at every kitchen table in the country," Mr Warren said.

"The first two days of the conference will focus on the major policy challenges. We are lucky to be joined by some of the world's leading authorities on carbon pricing, investment finance and clean energy innovation by industries such as defence. "The latter half of the week will feature an innovative schools program teaching kids about clean energy and energy efficiency, and public open days for anybody wanting to know more about the energy technologies of the future," he said.