A ‘Solar Wikipedia’, a community fun run around a wind farm, a home-grown battery storage unit and a host of best-in-class solar installations are some of the finalists vying for honours in this year’s Clean Energy Council Awards.

The winners will be announced at Clean Energy Week 2014, the premier event for the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, to be held in Sydney from 22 July.

The awards are divided into two categories – the Clean Energy Council Industry Awards that recognise excellence in innovation and community engagement, and the Solar Design and Installation Awards that honour the highest standards of technical excellence in the installation of solar power systems.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green said the continued evolution of the industry continued to impress and inspire every year the awards were presented.

“The solar awards provide important recognition of those who go above and beyond in their field, ensuring that consumers get a solar power system that performs to the highest possible standard,” Mr Green said.

“The diversity of entries for the Community Engagement and Innovation Awards is always fascinating. This year’s competition clearly demonstrates the commitment of many organisations when it comes to sharing the benefits of clean energy projects with local communities, as well as showcasing the innovators in this industry.”   

Clean Energy Council Industry Awards Finalists – Winners to be announced at the GE Gala Dinner on Tuesday 22 July

Community Engagement Award:
•    CWP Renewables, for its efforts with the community in the development of the Boco Rock Wind Farm in New South Wales
•    Infigen Energy, for increasing community awareness through the Run with the Wind 2013 fun run around the Woodlawn Wind Farm in New South Wales
•    LG Electronics Australia, for developing a ‘Solar Wikipedia’ for Australian customers

Innovation Award:
•    Ergon Energy, for the Doomadgee Solar Farm, an off-grid solar-diesel hybrid project in Queensland.
•    ZEN Energy Systems for the ZEN Freedom Powerbank, a power storage solution that can be used in conjunction with a solar power system in a range of sizes.

Solar Design and Installation Awards – Winners to be announced at the ReneSolar ATRAA dinner on Thursday 24 July

Grid-connected solar system under 15 kilowatts (kW):
•    Going Solar
•    Mode Electrical
•    Todae Solar

Grid-connected solar system 15 kW – 100 kW
•    Adelaide Solar Safe
•    iEnergyTech
•    Radius Technology

Grid-connected solar system over 100 kW
•    Autonomous Energy
•    Energy Matters
•    Next Power

Stand-alone power
•    Going Solar

Clean Energy Week 2014 is proudly sponsored by NAB and Trina Solar. Held in Sydney, Clean Energy Week will incorporate ATRAA (Australia's largest solar event), a huge free 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.