Redback Technologies recruited to the Australian Power Institute
By Sustainability Matters Staff
Thursday, 13 April, 2017
The managing director of renewable energy business Redback Technologies, Philip Livingston, has become the newest member of the Australian Power Institute’s (API) board of directors. With its mission to provide quality engineering graduates to the energy industry, API is looking to Redback to reinvigorate its initiatives and encourage new energy innovations.
Redback’s focus on the development of low-cost solar power for residential and commercial users is said to be in line with API’s vision to build a sustainable, agile energy future. As explained by API Chief Executive Mike Griffin, the board is now looking to Redback Technologies for some fresh thinking on how they can attract and support power engineering graduates entering the industry.
“With job opportunities stabilising from the large energy providers and the distribution and network service providers, the board is seeking Redback Technologies’ input to open up new opportunities and educate graduates on the alternative options that are now possible and already out there,” said Griffin.
“Bringing renewable energy perspectives from Redback Technologies will ensure the API continues to provide a sustainable supply of power engineering professionals with contemporary skills, capable of transforming our energy future.”
Redback Technologies has additionally announced its sponsorship of a University of Queensland initiative, the UQ Computing Society, which encourages engineering students to be actively involved in the new energy industry. Redback will be sponsoring Computing Society initiatives such as hackathons and seminars, and is actively seeking out interns to work within the company during their studies.
Livingston said he is thrilled to be supporting innovation and education in the smart energy sector through API and The University of Queensland.
“As the industry transitions to renewables and solar adoption continues to increase across the country, it is important to ensure this sector has a pipeline of highly skilled professional workforce,” he said. “We take it as our duty at Redback to aid in building the cleantech ecosystem to drive increased employment and competitive advantage for both Queensland as well as greater Australia.”
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