Start of construction of the QLD Renewable Energy Training Center
Construction has started at Pinkenba’s Renewable Energy Training Center (RETF), providing a $ 23 million boost to Queensland’s renewable energy workforce amid growing interest in renewable energies and hydrogen.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “Queensland’s renewable energy industry is already worth $ 8.5 billion – it is a vital investment for Queensland’s future and will help us achieve our goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030.
“We need facilities like this now, so that interns and apprentices can develop the skills they need to ensure Queensland is ready to go as the interest and need for renewable energy and hydrogen are skyrocketing around the world.
“This is why we are placing investment in skills at the heart of our $ 14.5 billion COVID-19 economic stimulus package.
“With our abundance of solar and wind power, Queensland is the ideal candidate for producing hydrogen for domestic and international use. “
Queensland Training and Skills Development Minister Di Farmer said the facility will attract new workers to the industry and meet demand from existing apprentices and tradespeople.
“The facility will provide pre-trade, apprenticeship and post-trade courses to up to 300 students at a time and support 40 teaching positions,” said Ms. Farmer.
“We know that if you get the right training you are more likely to get the right job, and this is absolutely vital when it comes to the growing hydrogen industry – we need qualified Queenslanders. and ready to take full advantage of the hydrogen boom. .
“RETF will provide training in Electrotechnology and Renewable Energy through classroom learning and on-the-job training and will be the only training center in Queensland to provide a Certificate IV – Electricity in Renewable Energy.
“In addition to training apprentices, the facility will help licensed electricians improve their skills to safely install, operate and manage solar and other renewable energy equipment.”
Ms Farmer said more than 40 jobs will also be created during the construction of the RETF.
“The Palaszczuk government is committed to achieving 50% renewable energy by 2030 and this installation is another step – a vital investment – to help us achieve that goal,” Ms. Farmer said.
“Across Queensland, more than $ 50 million is being invested in training facilities that will provide workers with the skills to enter the growing renewable energy and hydrogen industry.”
The RETF will include a 17m high wind turbine, a 20m high climbing tower, a 30m telecommunications tower and a 54kW single axis solar tracking system, and will be built in accordance with global best practices in electricity, renewable solar energy and telecommunications training.
Queensland Energy, Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni said the people of Queensland know how to build export industries and this training will help Queensland become a superpower in the world. renewable hydrogen.
“Our emerging renewable hydrogen industry depends on clean energy to create a zero carbon product for export and local industry, including transportation,” said de Brenni.
“The last time Queensland embarked on creating a new energy industry, LNG supported around 15,000 new jobs, which is an indication of the demand we are about to create for jobs. highly qualified additional in renewable energies.
“By 2030, the people of Queensland will need several thousand megawatts of new renewable energy in addition to existing traditional production, which means a job boom in energy construction is about to begin. .
The Pinkenba facility will be operated by Electro Group Training, which will be responsible for its design and construction by June 2022.