Energy consultancy Ecovantage is on the hunt for a new senior manager to head up operations in NSW as the company looks to capitalise on a growth phase in the state alongside a strong pipeline of work in South Australia and Victoria.

Chief executive Bruce Easton, who recently stepped down as founding president of the Energy Efficiency Certificate Creators Association, said the growth opportunities in Victoria had come about since the Andrews Government took over. He said that while the residential sector had remained strong in terms of opportunities for energy-efficiency activities, the commercial sector was now in catch-up mode.

In NSW most work was in large commercial projects, in particular a substantial number of projects to replace fluorescent hi-bay lighting with LED lighting in warehousing and distribution facilities.

The company was looking to move into a project-based methodology to develop new opportunities in the state, Mr Easton said.

Nearly all work – about 98 per cent – was in LED lighting, however, he hoped the company would push into the HVAC space and that the new manager would be able to move the company along into some other innovative new technologies in areas including HVAC.

“We need to push into new areas,” Mr Easton said.

“LEDs still have a way to go [in terms of uptake] but we do need to do something else.”

In South Australia the bulk of the company’s work was in the residential sector, driven by the state government’s recently expanded Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme.

Funding for the scheme was recently expanded by 30 per cent. However, the scheme is one-tenth the size of Victoria’s, for a population one quarter of the size.

On a per capita basis, Victoria was streets ahead in terms of supporting energy efficiency, he said.

NSW also needed to put some focus on energy efficiency in the residential sector.

“At some point the NSW government will do something that makes it interesting.”

The new role is to replace Anthony Cooper who moved to a role in the gas sector.

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