Rooftop Revolution: The latest trends in solar and wind energy

Date & time

2–4am 24 October 2014


Engineering Lecture Theatre, Engineering Building [32], North Road, ANU


Danny Kennedy, Sungevity
Dr Renate Egan, Australian Photovoltaics Institute (APVI)
Professor Andrew Blakers, ANU Energy Change Institute


 Adhityani Putri

Hear about the latest trends in solar and wind energy and why Australia needs to keep pace with the rest of the world. 

Please find the video here

You can view or download Andrew Blakers' presentation on this link and Renate Egan's presentation on this link

Australian-born Danny Kennedy, who founded the highly successful US solar company Sungevity, will talk about global energy trends, the speed of solar and wind energy uptake and why Australia needs to buy in now to be part of the rising renewable energy tide.

He is joined by Renate Egan, Chair of the Australian Photovoltaic Institute, who will provide an update of the Australian photovoltaics market, and Andrew Blakers of the ANU Energy Change Institute, who will deliver his take on the global renewables revolution.

The presentations will be followed by a brief panel discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is essential, please do so here


About the speakers: 

danny  kennedy

Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy is founder and International Business Development Coordinator of Sungevity. An Australian by birth, Danny has had global recognition as a sustainability activist, businessperson and opinion leader. He started the highly successful US-based solar company Sungevity in 2007 and now leads international business development for the company, including a chapter in Australia. He authored the book Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012.

He also co-founded The SfunCube – the only US Incubator and Accelerator program supporting solar entrepreneurs to succeed. The US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) awarded Danny the “Innovator of the Year” award for moving the Planet Forward in 2011; in 2013 Rolling Stone described him as a “Solar Maverick”. Before Sungevity, Danny was Campaigns Manager for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. In 2001, he ran Greenpeace’s California Clean Energy Campaign, the successes of which helped lead to the current California Solar Initiative. He also sits on the boards of several solar start-up companies including Mosaic, Powerhive and Sunergise. He serves with several non-profit organisations including the Board of the Solar Foundation, VoteSolar, the Clean Tech Council of Sierra Club and World Resources Institute's New Innovators Council.



Dr Renate Egan has held positions in technology development and management with Suntech, Solar Analytics, CSG Solar and Pacific Solar. She is now Chair of the Australia PV Institute and represents Australia at the International Energy Agency Programme on PV Power Systems.



Professor Andrew Blakers is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University. He was a Humboldt Fellow and has held Australian Research Council QEII and Senior Research Fellowships. He was appointed to the academic staff of the University in 1991 and reached the rank of Professor in 1999.

Professor Blakers is an Executive of the ANU Energy Change Institute. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, the Institute of Energy and the Institute of Physics, and is a life member of the International Solar Energy Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation. He has published approximately 200 papers and patents. His research interests are in the areas of photovoltaic and solar energy systems; particularly advanced thin film silicon solar cell technology and solar concentrator solar cells, components and systems.

He also has interest in sustainable energy policy. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Project Evaluation Panel for the Clean Energy Research Program of Singapore and the International Advisory Panel, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore.



01.00-01.10   Opening
01.10-01.40   Danny Kennedy (30 mins)
01.40-02.00   Renate Egan (20 mins)
02.00-02.20   Andrew Blakers (20 mins)
02.20-02.50   Q & A 
02.50-03.00   Summary and closing


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