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2015 award winners

Congratulations to the winners in the 2017 Solar Design and Installation Awards. Read on to find out more about the winners and the finalists in the following categories:

  • Grid-connect solar PV power system – under 15 kW
  • Grid-connect solar PV power system – 15 kW to 100 kW
  • Grid-connect solar PV power system – over 100 kW
  • Stand-alone solar PV power system
  • Grid-connect solar PV power system – battery back up

Grid-connect solar PV power system - under 15 kW

Winner - Peter Leeson

Working for Leeson Solar, Peter designed and installed a 7.14kW PV system on the curved corrugated roof of the guard house at one of Melbourne’s busiest ports. The curved corrugated roof created many barriers, which were overcome in the design and installation process.

Sdi awards 2015 1

Grid-connect solar PV power system - 15 kW to 100 kW

Winner - Jamie Thorncraft and Edie Barkla-Mather

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

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Grid-connect solar PV power system - over 100 kW

Winner - Matthew Wilson

Working for EnviroGroup, Matthew designed and installed a 355 kW 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.

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Stand-alone solar PV power system

Winner - Brian England

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

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Grid-connect solar PV power system - battery back up

Winner - Peter Duff and Jeremy Tranter

Working for Towards Tomorrow Energy, Peter and Jeremy designed and installed a system which incorporated one of the first SMA hybrid systems installed in Australia.

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2015 finalists

Grid-connect solar PV power system – under 15 kW

  • Ross Shaw, EcoPower Group and Narayan Kafle, Going Solar
  • Peter Leeson, Leeson Solar
  • Roderick Grono, Western Sydney Solar and Electrical

Grid-connect solar PV power system – 15 kW to 100 kW

  • Mark Deutschbein and Mark Fanning, iEnergy Tech
  • Peter Leeson, Leeson Solar
  • Jamie Thorncraft and Edie Barkla-Mather, Todae Solar

Grid-connect solar PV power system – over 100 kW

  • Matthew Linney, Autonomous Energy
  • Matt Wilson, EnviroGroup
  • Jamie Thorncraft and Juan Jose Ferrandis Giral, Todae Solar

Stand-alone solar PV power system

  • Jason Sharam, Linked Group Services
  • Brian England, Self Sufficiency Supplies
  • Andrew Thomson, Thomson Solar

Grid-connect solar PV power system – battery back up

  • Matt Wilson, EnviroGroup
  • Ross Shaw and Narayan Kafle, Going Solar
  • Peter Duff and Jeremy Tranter, Towards Tomorrow Energy