Passion and innovation showcased at solar awards

Passion and innovation showcased at solar awards
Leeson Solar and EnviroGroup were among those recognised in the Clean Energy Council's Solar Design and Installation Awards

The winners of the 2015 Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards were presented across a range of categories at the ATRAA solar industry dinner, capping off the All-Energy Australia conference in Melbourne.

Acknowledging the high calibre of entries, Clean Energy Council chief executive Kane Thornton said it’s an exciting time to be in the clean energy industry.

“The last couple of years have not been easy, but the innovation clearly evident in these awards provides inspiration for the rest of the industry,” he said.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Clean Energy Council Solar PV Design and Installation Awards:

• Grid-connect solar PV power system design and installation – less than 15kW

Peter Leeson from Leeson Solar, for a 7.14kW solar power system on a curved corrugated iron roof at one of Melbourne’s busiest ports.

• Grid-connect solar PV power system design and installation – 15kW to 100kW

Jamie Thorncraft and Edie Barkla-Mather, Todae Solar, for a 99.4kW ground-mounted installation which made great use of an east-west axis to maximise the amount of power available during the day.

• Grid-connect solar PV power system design and installation – more than 100kW

Matthew Wilson from EnviroGroup, for a 355kW solar power system at the Burder Industries manufacturing facility in Wangaratta, Victoria. The panel installation spelled the name Burder across the roof of the facility.

• Stand-alone solar PV power system design and installation

Brian England from Self Sufficiency Supplies, for a solar installation at a crematorium. After investigating the options of a 3km power line upgrade or a diesel generator, the crematorium decided to install a stand-alone solar power system – something that had never been done before.

• Grid-connect solar PV power system design and installation – battery back-up

Peter Duff and Jeremy Tranter, Towards Tomorrow Energy, for a system that incorporated one of the first SMA hybrid systems installed in Australia.