TASMANIAN renewable energy specialist Robert Manson has secured himself a place at the invitation-only Creating Climate Wealth Islands Summit on February 4-6 at Sir Richard Branson’s British Virgin Island home on Necker Island.
The summit, hosted by Sir Richard and the Carbon War Room, will be a congregation of ministers and the heads of states from 12 island nations, business leaders, project developers and financiers, as well as the world’s renewable energy leaders.
Mr Manson, founder of I Want Energy, a Tasmanian business focusing on the design and installation of renewable energy services nationwide, said the opportunity was too good to ignore and it was a true testament to the work his company had completed in Tasmania and its surrounding islands.
“It is an honour to receive a personal invitation to such a significant event, especially given numbers were limited to 80 worldwide across all the different stakeholders,” Mr Manson said.
”I have been to the Caribbean previously when I put forward a proposal for the rebuild of Sir Richard Branson’s home and while I did not win that contract, I did forge some strong global relationships and enhanced my profile in the renewable energy sector.
“While my primary market is domestic users across the state, we have seen increased interest from commercial clients and have completed large projects for several government departments, as well as assisting outlying islands in Tasmania, such as King Island and Flinders Island, with renewable energy solutions.”
Mr Manson said renewable energy sources were on a definite rise as credibility and benefits became apparent, with data from the Clean Energy Council Australia revealing a record 13.14 per cent of Australia’s energy was generated by renewable sources in 2012.