SunWise Energy founder Glen Holland part of 2018 Critical Horizons conference

SunWise Energy founder Glen Holland is one of the speakers booked for the Critical Horizons conference on Friday, June 8. Photo: Thomas Munday.
SunWise Energy founder Glen Holland is one of the speakers booked for the Critical Horizons conference on Friday, June 8. Photo: Thomas Munday.

The Critical Horizons conference will give the state government a chance to learn more about solar power, according to SunWise Energy founder Glen Holland. 

SunWise’s owner and chief executive officer will join government and industry representatives at the Powering the Future of WA event in Collie on Friday, June 8. 

While attending the 2006 Critical Horizons conference, Mr Holland became engrossed in the words of futurist and speaker Dr Peter Ellyard.

Mr Holland then left his engineering role at Illuka Resources to create SunWise Energy, going on to launch the company in 2008. 

Mr Holland said his presentation would address the benefits of solar power. 

“Within the South West, we can deliver professional solutions for people, that’s what I want to convey,” he said.

“You can now get something from a local electrical contractor whose business is energy – here, we also discuss how we can save people electricity.” 

Mr Holland said the conference would assist in spreading the word about renewable energy, sustainability, and developments in regional centres. 

“The businesses that are doing solar and renewable energy down here are pushing the regulators towards a different way of doing things,” he said. 

“I hope to summarise what is able to be delivered, and what has been delivered, in the South West.

“I want to be able to step up, provide some information to local people, and talk about the technology that is available.”

According to the Climate Council, the number of Australian businesses switching to solar power increased by 60 per cent over 2016 and 2017. 

WA energy minister Ben Wyatt will open the event whilst Synergy chief executive officer Jason Waters will discuss the state’s energy production and storage.

Carnegie Clean Energy new projects and stakeholder engagement representative Tristy Fairfield will educate the audience about battery energy storage and micro-grid technologies.

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety carbon strategy coordinator Dominique Van Gent will talk about the potential reduction of industry-generated carbon dioxide. 

For more information contact 9792 2000 or visit criticalhorizons.com.au.

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