REDARC signed a sponsorship agreement with TAFE SA on September 11, 2013 to ensure a South Australian entrant competes in the World Solar Car Challenge for the next five years. The agreement will see Redarc become the major sponsor of the TAFE SA Solar Spirit car which has competed in the Challenge since 2000. The TAFE SA Solar Spirit car is now the only remaining South Australian competitor in the annual Challenge which sees solar cars from across the world race from Darwin to Adelaide – a distance of 3,000 kilometres. TAFE SA and Redarc have enjoyed a solid relationship over many years with TAFE SA providing extensive training in electronic engineering for Redarc’s workforce.
In 2012, Redarc embarked on a unique solar program to develop a complete range of solar power solutions designed specifically for the recreational vehicle market. REDARC Solar has established an Australia-wide REDARC Solar Approved Installer Network, selling 34 solar products in more than 270 stores. TAFE SA Senior Educational Manager Greg Bassani said Redarc’s sponsorship of TAFE SA Solar Spirit car aligns perfectly with TAFE SA’s push into delivering training which supports more sustainable and environmentally responsible practices within industry. “The solar and renewal energy industries continue to grow and an increasing number of our Electrical and Engineering students are finding employment within these sectors, said Mr Bassani. Redarc Chief Executive Anthony Kittel said “REDARC is a passionate innovator providing renewable energy systems for vehicle applications and developing the skills of young people in South Australia and the opportunity to become the major sponsor of the TAFE SA Solar Spirit car meets both of those goals.”
Redarc Managing Director Anthony Kittel (left) with TAFE SA Chief Executive Jeff Gunningham.
The Redarc sponsored TAFE SA Solar Spirit.