The solar industry’s best and brightest were honoured last night at the Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards, presented at the ReneSola Australia ATRAA Dinner as part of Clean Energy Week.

Clean Energy Council Acting Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the solar industry was passionate about continually improving standards, and the awards were a chance to shine the spotlight on some exceptional workmanship.

“The solar industry has come a long way in the last seven years, installing well over a million solar power systems on rooftops across the country. More than 3.5 million people now live or work beneath a set of solar panels,” Mr Thornton said.

“Given how fast this transformation in our energy use has taken place, the safety and quality record of this industry is a testament to the hard work of the industry’s leaders over many years.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners and to recognise the remarkable standards of all entrants in the 2014 Solar Design and Installation Awards.

“The Clean Energy Council’s solar accreditation program helps to maintain high standards, and the new Solar PV Retailer Code of Conduct program also provides a higher bar for solar companies to aspire to,” he said.

The Clean Energy Council would like to extend a special thanks to the expert judges for the 2014 awards – Dr Richard Corkish from the University of New South Wales, Geoff Stapleton from Global Sustainable Energy Solutions and Dick Clark, Principal of Envirotecture.

Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards – Winners announced at the ReneSola Australia ATRAA Dinner on Thursday 24 July

Grid-connected solar system under 15 kilowatts (kW)

Winner:     Miwa Tominaga of Going Solar and Ross Shaw of Ecopower Group, for a 9.75 kilowatt system on a primary school that will not only save on power bills, but is also an educational and promotional tool for the school.
Finalist:    Laszlo Csanyi and Jamie Thorncraft of Todae Solar
Finalist:    Martin Dingemanse and Simon Dingemanse of Mode Electrical

Grid-connected solar system 15 kW – 100 kW

Winner:      Adrian Matthews of Radius Technology, for a 98.6 kilowatt system on a dual-axis tracking system using the most up to date technology. The framing was designed to fit on to an existing factory roof without additional structural reinforcements.
Finalist:     Adam Paues and John Scott of Adelaide Solar Safe
Finalist:     Mark Deutschbein and Mark Fanning of iEnergyTech

Grid-connected solar system over 100 kW

Winner:     David Smith of Next Power, for a 166.72 kilowatt solar array that was made more challenging due to additional requirements from the client, the Western Australian Local  Government Association. The innovative set up and best-in-class solar modules ensured a successful result.
Finalist:     Matthew Linney, Jarrod Shepherd and Mark Chong of Autonomous Energy
Finalist:     Owen Dransfield, Han Wong and Matthew Alexander of Energy Matters. Energy Matters is a founding signatory to the Clean Energy Council Solar PV Retailer Code of Conduct.

Stand-alone solar power system

Winner:     Miwa Tominaga of Going Solar, Ross Shaw and Daniel Jung of Ecopower Group for a 5 kilowatt solar system to provide power to three cabins about 100 metres apart – a practical and sustainable alternative to diesel power for remote locations.

Industry best practice for installation

This year, the Clean Energy Council presented a special award recognising industry best practice for installations.

Winner:     Mark Deutschbein and Mark Fanning of iEnergytech, for a 99.75 kilowatt solar power system in which they went genuinely above and beyond. The judges said the design and installation on this job was exceptional, and the testing and commission process well and truly above what is required.

The winners will give presentations on their projects at next year’s Clean Energy Week.

Clean Energy Week 2014 is proudly sponsored by Trina Solar and NAB. Held across two venues in Sydney, Clean Energy Week incorporates ATRAA (Australia's largest solar event), a huge trade show, a Policy and Finance Conference, and a professional development day for solar installers.

The program includes prominent local and international experts, politicians, decision-makers and business leaders. The event runs from 22-25 July 2014.

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.