Challenge pays off for company

Edward Blackley (National Sales Manager MPower Solar System), Michael Mischin (Commerce Minister), Tirthankar and Binayak Banerjee (Oztron Energy Directors)
Edward Blackley (National Sales Manager MPower Solar System), Michael Mischin (Commerce Minister), Tirthankar and Binayak Banerjee (Oztron Energy Directors)

MPower was awarded $50,000 for developing a unit that can be fitted to most renewable energy inverters. Parkwood-based Oztron Energy was one of two runners-up and received $10,000.

Fourteen energy management solutions were developed for the challenge held at Technology Park in Bentley.

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the State Government needed to encourage talented innovators and industry pioneers to continue to enhance commercial opportunities and international competitiveness.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the innovations could lead to greater use of renewable energy.

‘With many of the State’s regional centres growing, maximising renewable energy use in rural and remote areas will become increasingly important,’ he said.

Picture above are MPower national sales manager Edward Blackley, Commerce Minister Michael Mischin and Oztron Energy directors Tirthankar and Binayak Banerjee.