Thursday, November 24th, 2011
Solar energy experts from Australia and overseas will join policy makers, scientists and energy industry professionals in Sydney next week at a crucial time for the development of the solar energy industry in Australia (49th Annual AuSES Solar 2011 Conference).

“As Australia prepares to embark on its clean energy future with a carbon price in place, there is tremendous potential for new investment in the development and growth of solar energy in Australia,” according to John Grimes, CEO of the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES).

“At the same time policy certainty and a fair price for solar generated and fed into the grid are essential for the future of this clean sustainable energy industry.”

Mr Grimes said solar energy was becoming increasingly more affordable, while the cost of fossil fuel generated electricity continued to escalate. “Governments can play a vital role in supporting the growth of solar energy while helping households make ends meet by setting a fair price for solar energy generated by households.

“Our 49th annual conference to be held in Sydney from 30 November to 2 December could shape up to be one of the most significant ever held in terms of focusing public debate and discussion on policies that support the growth of a sustainable solar energy industry in Australia.”

“We need to get this right so it is fair for both household solar, and large-scale and commercial scale solar projects.”

The Solar Conference 2011 will hear from the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, and representatives from other major political parties will set out their vision for the future of solar power in Australia. Speakers from Australia and overseas will talk about programs to promote renewable energy in the City of London, Colorado in the US, Sydney and the ACT.

The conference will also explore opportunities for ‘Big Solar’ to take advantage of government funding initiatives such as the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Solar Flagships.

In recognition of the international interest in Australia’s solar energy market place, special Mandarin-language sessions will be held on entering the Australian market.

Over 75 peer-reviewed papers on solar energy technology, policies and economics will be presented during the conference. There will also be sessions focused on the professional development of solar installers.

Mr Grimes said the conference program was testament to Australian expertise and experience in the development of solar energy.

“Australian research and business know-how has driven the development of solar energy at home and globally and this will be on display at Solar Conference 2011 in abundance.

“Now is the time for Australian governments to match that expertise and capability with policies that provide certainty and promote the growth of solar energy as part of Australia’s clean energy future.”


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About the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) Since 1954, the Society has worked as a not-for-profit national organisation dedicated to promoting the use of solar energy in Australia. Our members include academics and researchers, the solar industry, and the general public.
Susan Fitzpatrick-Napier
P: +61 2 8006 0424
M: 0400 246 010 (Susan)


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