The lure of reduced power bills brought 60 business people to a speed networking event in the City of Playford recently.^^ Tom and Rachael Brdanovic, of DTE Sustainable Solutions were one of many businesses present at the Energy Solutions Speed Networking Event. Photo: Supplied Held at Fluid Solar House in Elizabeth Vale, the Energy Solutions Speed Networking Event brought smart-energy initiatives to business people seeking to reduce their power bills.The event was hosted by the City of Playford, along with Salisbury and Port Adelaide Enfield councils, with support from the Northern Economic Plan team.Around 30 solution providers informed attendees about a range of capabilities, including audit services, renewable energy systems, energy storage, smart controllers, monitoring systems and energy-efficiency products such as glazing.Adapting Northern Adelaide co-ordinator Tim Kelly, who is also employed at the City of Playford, said the event was a great success for all concerned.“It was evident from provider displays that there is an explosion of innovation and systems choice in linking smart technology and control systems with energy efficiency, renewables and storage,” Mr Kelly said. “The company 360 Evolve even provided an opportunity to try out a virtual reality interface that can be tailored to remotely monitor and control buildings and infrastructure."
Mr Kelly said that supporting businesses adapt to a changing economy, changing markets and climate change is a commitment in implementing the Adapting Northern Adelaide - Climate Change Sector Agreement with the South Australian Government. “The councils recognise the opportunities in supporting and attracting businesses to grow in green and low-carbon markets and the cost savings for all businesses in using energy efficiently,” Mr Kelly said. State Government representatives attended to provide information on the Building Upgrade Finance Scheme, the Energy Productivity Program and Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme.City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty attended the event, which was officially opened by Member for Little Para Lee Odenwalder, while Fluid Solar House’s Bridgette Hayes introduced participants.Mayor Docherty said the event was a strong success.“I was glad to attend and see how local energy companies can help provide solutions to our businesses in reducing their power costs,” he said. More reading:Solar saviourOff-grid in Playford