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Clean Energy Week underway

Those interested in how renewable energy can help with cleaning up the environment as well as the nation's electricity prices may want to check out what's happening this week in Brisbane.

This week is Clean Energy Week, Australia's largest event for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry, as hosted by the peak industry body, the Clean Energy Council (CEC).

Brisbane is the host city of this year's conference, which combines Australia's largest solar event, a trade exhibition, awards programs, news and a debate, all focused on the theme of 'rethinking energy.'

Last year, when the event was held in Sydney, it drew over 2,500 local and international delegates. This year's impressive event is expected to draw even bigger crowds.

The new minister for climate change Mark Butler and the Greens leader Christine Milne will speak at the event.  Queensland energy minister Mark McArdle will also attend the event and make a speech.

David Green, chief executive of the CEC, commented that Queensland is the perfect location for this kind of event, as the 'sunshine state' has installed more solar power systems than anywhere else in Australia and is seen as a leader in the sector.

There will also be a number of other national and international guest speakers aiming to challenge, inspire and inform the audience.

For many politicians it will be a good opportunity to explain their policies and attitudes towards renewable technologies.

"Renewable energy generation from sources such as solar, wind, hydro and bioenergy is at a record high, while households and businesses are saving money by embracing energy saving technology like never before. The sector continues to outperform predictions and exceed expectations," said Mr Green.

Mr Green also stated that solar panels and solar hot water provide manufacturing and installation employment opportunities, which help to protect households from the sting of high electricity prices by slashing power bills.

Those fascinated with all things new in clean energy will be excited to know the event will showcase the latest in clean technologies, such as geothermal, wave energy, new types of solar energy, as well as the most cutting-edge energy efficient tech.

Businesses will be looking forward to the CEC Awards, which include technical categories for small-scale solar, as well as for business community engagement, innovation, research and media.

Posted by Charlie Moore