A solar car park for a shopping centre on the Gold Coast, an elegant solar array shaped like flowers and a remote installation for a community in Arnhem Land are just some of the finalists announced today in the Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards.

Clean Energy Council Accreditation Manager Sandy Atkins said the high-calibre field of entries had made it difficult for the award judges to choose the finalists.

“As always, it is inspiring to see such remarkable projects spanning an interesting range of installations. These awards are really about highlighting the work of individual installers and the amazing solutions they find to address daily challenges,” Mr Atkins said.

“As the solar industry continues to evolve, there are always solar installers who are helping to re-define the industry’s idea of best practice through the diligent and innovative way they approach their work.

“The Clean Energy Council would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an entry to the Solar Design and Installation Awards this year, and we wish the finalists luck when the winners are announced at the ATRAA Dinner in Melbourne next month.”   

Award finalists were named today across four categories: Grid-Connect 15 kW – 100 kW, Grid-Connect over 100 kW, Stand-Alone Power and Battery Back-Up. The entries were judged independently by a panel of solar industry experts.

The winners of the Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards will be announced at the ATRAA Dinner on Tuesday 4 October, a feature event of the All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference in Melbourne.

All-Energy Australia is being held in partnership with the Clean Energy Council and runs from 4-5 October. Entry to the main conference and exhibition is free, and tickets to the ATRAA Dinner are available for purchase.

The full list of finalists is as follows:

Stand-alone Power

  • Tomislav Dretvic, Angus Quirk and Jonathan Pye, working for Smart Commercial Solar for an installation at the Nyngan Waste Depot
  • Marcus Edwards for a 2.5 kW installation for a remote community in North East Arnhem Land, working for Ed’s Marine Electrical
  • David Feeney for an installation of solar flowers at Europa Studio Australia

Grid-Connect 15 kW – 100 kW

  • Peter Baker for an 84.24 kW installation for a fruit store designed as a large cool room at Arnold’s Fruit Market, working for Eco Power & Lighting
  • Peter Harrison for a 33.28 kW installation at Goolabri Country Resort, working for Tintagel Systems
  • Graham McMullen for a 99.91 kW installation at the 18-storey commercial building Collins Square at  Docklands, working for Energy Action

Grid-Connect over 100 kW

  • Tamun Davidson and Karl Tunnicliffe for a 1.8 MW installation at Ayers Rock Resort “Yulara”, working for CPS National
  • Dimitar Iliev and Jeff Hoare, for a 517 kW system at Dobson Spring and Suspension that addresses a highly-fluctuating load, working for GEM Energy
  • Jeremy Tranter and Paul Jones, for a 636 kW solar carpark roof at The Pines shopping centre, working for Tranter Engineering/CSA Services

Battery Back-Up

  • David Feeney and Stefan Koefler, for a 20 kW residential system working for Unlimited Energy
  • Dimitar Iliev and Kurt Elvery, for a 194 kW solar system with 252 kWh of storage at the Bundaberg Christian College, working for GEM Energy
  • Peter Libretto, for a 37 kW residential system optimised to time of use, working for Enertech Solar
  • Wilson Yuan and Hamed Ghate, for a 7.5 kW combined solar and wind system, working for Water Stone Energy

The Solar Design and Installation Awards finalists are now online at www.solaraccreditation.com.au/awards

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