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Mount Gambier leads in renewable energy training

Solar & wind power facility best in Australia, ABC Radio Adelaide, 10/08/2011  by Alan Richardson Mount Gambier can now boast that it has the very best facility in Australia for training technicians and installers involved in domestic renewable energy systems.

The $150,000 “Solar & domestic wind turbine installation and grid conect training centre” was built by TAFE students and largely financed by industry sponsors. It has attracted sponsorship and interest from around Australia in fact. The site features a ground level roof structure which has a tiled section, a currugated iron section and a Trimdeck section so students can practice installing solar panels on all roof types. There are also separate controllers and electronics for each set of installed panels , and their output can be monitored remotely via the internet.

In addition, two wind turbines have been installed so far. One is a semi-industrial unit that could power a dairy farm for example, and the other is a typical “domestic” turbine. Two more wind turbines will soon be added, including a small unit that sits just a metre or two above a suburban house roof.By the end of the year, Mount Gambier TAFE plans to acquire a large trailer that will have both solar panels and a wind turbine fitted. This can be towed to anywhere in Australia, allowing technicians in more remote areas to get hands-on experinece with the technology

August 11, 2011 - Posted by | energy, South Australia |

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