Thirteen energy saving ideas for Central West communities will be pitched to a team of energy experts next year as part of a campaign to increase energy efficiency in homes, businesses and communities in the state’s Central West, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said. The community led competition, Spark Tank, was established to kick start innovative home-grown energy solutions in Central West NSW. The NSW Government is supporting the Bathurst based community organisation, Skillset, to deliver the Spark Tank campaign. “The 13 semi-finalists have demonstrated ideas with great potential to boost energy productivity for homes, businesses and communities,” Mr Toole said. “Reducing energy costs is vital to the long-term sustainability of communities and industries across Central West NSW.” The semi-finalists will pitch their project ideas to a group of energy experts at a Gala Night on Thursday 16 March 2017 in a bid to be one of three projects to secure start-up funding as well as ongoing support to bring their ideas to life. Senior Manager of Skillset Environment Ashley Bland said he and his team would now help the semi-finalists to incubate their ideas and build new networks. “We look forward to helping the semi-finalists continue to explore their concepts, innovate and give legs to their ideas,” Mr Bland said. “We’re excited that three of these project ideas will ultimately win Spark Tank and receive support for their energy efficiency projects from a $50,000 innovator funding pool as well as mentoring worth $25,000 and other support provided by Spark Tank sponsors. “These winners can turn their ideas into realities and Central West NSW can look forward to three great local energy efficiency projects.” For more information follow the link:

Image: Paul Toole MP with Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo and Skillset Strategic Projects Manager Sandra Gray at yesterday’s Spark Tank Announcement