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SERREE is led by Regional Development Australia ACT and has helped establish the south east NSW and ACT as an exemplar region of renewable energy excellence. 

SERREE was funded and supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Australian Government and NSW and ACT Governments, Regional Development Australia Southern Inland, business and industry.

The SERREE initiative was conceived in mid 2011 when a small group recognised the cross-border synergies of the abundance of natural renewable energy resources, the industry investment potential of the ACT’s renewable energy policies and its wealth of world-class research capacity.

In 2012, Regional Development Australia ACT secured federal Department of Industry funding to map and scope the renewable energy industry in the south east NSW-ACT region.

A SERREE Project Steering Committee was formed which included representation from Regional Development Australia, RDA ACT, RDA Southern Inland, and RDA Far South Coast, the ACT Economic Development Directorate, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the federal Department of Industry.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Regional Development Australia (RDA) ACT signed a three-year Funding Agreement (6 August 2014), that supported the establishment of the SERREE Industry Cluster.

The SERREE Network now has over 1,000 stakeholders drawn from:

  • across the range of renewable energy technologies – solar, wind, hydro, bio, geothermal, wave
  • across (and beyond) the south east NSW and ACT region
  • across the diversity of the sector’s business and industry, education and research and community groups.

The SERREE industry cluster, works to:

  • facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders by:

        - hosting regular industry forums, conferences and other events

        - providing information through the SERREE website

        - developing projects such as the Renewable Energy Trail

  • increase local business capacity and content in renewable energy infrastructure projects within the region
  • facilitate the optimisation of benefit from renewable energy business, investment and market development opportunities identified across the region
  • identify challenges and barriers to increased uptake of renewable energy across the region and develop strategies to overcome these
  • identify training and skills that are needed in the renewable energy sector within the south east NSW – ACT region, and ensure that courses to be delivered are appropriate to meet the current and future needs of the local industry.