Redback Technologies joins Australian Power Institute to build the country’s sustainable energy future



AUSTRALIA, Thursday 13th April, 2017: Renewable energy business Redback Technologies’ Managing Director; Philip Livingston, has joined as the newest member of the Australian Power Institute (API) Board of Directors. With its mission to provide quality engineering graduates to the energy industry, API is looking to Redback to reinvigorate its initiatives and encourage new energy innovations within its remit.

Redback Technologies’ focus on the development of advanced, low cost solar power for residential and commercial users is in line with API’s vision to build a sustainable, agile energy future.

Mike Griffin, Chief Executive, API, said that after seeing a flattening in power engineering graduates, the board is looking to Redback Technologies for some fresh thinking on how they can attract and support students entering the industry.

“With job opportunities stabilising from the large energy providers and the Distribution and Network Service Providers, the Board is seeking Redback Technologies input to open up new opportunities and educate graduates on the alternative options that are now possible and already out there.

“Bringing renewable energy perspectives from Redback Technologies will ensure the API continues to provide a sustainable supply of power engineering professionals with contemporary skills, capable of transforming our energy future.”

In addition to Redback Technologies’ appointment to API’s board, the company also announced it has sponsored a University of Queensland initiative, the UQ Computing Society, which encourages engineering students to be actively involved in the new energy industry.

Redback Technologies will be sponsoring Computing Society initiatives, such as hackathons and seminars, and is actively seeking out interns to work within Redback during their studies, which will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in real-life use cases.

Philip Livingston, Founder and Managing Director of Redback Technologies, said he is thrilled to be supporting innovation and education in the smart energy sector through API and the University of Queensland.

“As the industry transitions to renewables and solar adoption continues to increase across the country, it is important to ensure this sector has a pipeline of highly skilled professional work force. We take it as our duty at Redback to aid in building the cleantech ecosystem to drive increased employment and competitive advantage for both Queensland as well as greater Australia.

“We’ve already seen strong success in bringing UQ students into Redback, with a number of graduates choosing to take up positions as full-time employees,” said Livingston.