Congratulations to the winners in the 2018 Solar Design and Installation Awards, which were presented at All-Energy Australia 2018 on Wednesday 3 October 2018. Read on to find out more about the winners and the finalists in the following categories:
Working with Excel Power, Michael designed and installed an 8 kW solar and battery system that enabled an office and workshop to run completely off grid with two days autonomy. The system was designed with a steam punk aesthetic that included a custom vintage-looking control panel and gauges, and it can be used as a training tool to teach and explain the operation of an AC-coupled solar system.
Working with Leeson Solar, Matthew designed and installed a building-integrated solar tile system on a home display centre to demonstrate the relatively new product to potential customers. The 6.75 kW system offers an aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional solar PV and employs a custom-designed rooftop DC isolator fixed to a roof tile to maintain the clean aesthetics required by the client.
Working with Solar Integrity, Luke designed and installed a solar PV and battery system that shows how microgrids can be used to overcome network constraints on solar PV systems. In addition to reducing the homeowner’s electricity bill by $2700 per year, the system demonstrates the possibility of installing systems larger than 3.5 kW on constrained single wire earth return lines.
Working with Suntrix, Geoff and Guy designed and installed a 99 kW floating solar farm on an overflow dam at the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant. The floating solar farm is Australia’s first modular and scalable floating solar PV system and will meet approximately 11 per cent of the site’s annual electricity needs. Due to the overwhelming success of the installation, the local council has indicated that it plans to expand the solar farm to 400 kW.
Working with Autonomous Energy, Jarrod and Matthew designed and installed a 2.2 MW solar system on two buildings at the Sydney Markets. In addition to the solar system, the design included the installation of more than 3 km of permanent handrail access and hose reels to allow for cleaning of the system. The installation’s 5581 solar modules made it the largest privately-owned rooftop solar system in the Southern Hemisphere.
Working with Nickel Energy, Nicholas, Gregory and Simon designed and installed a 6.5 kW solar system to convert a 68-year-old diesel train into the world’s first solar-powered train. The system uses custom-designed curved panels that charge the train’s lithium-ion batteries while retaining its heritage appeal and curved roof design. In addition, Nicholas, Gregory and Simon designed and installed a 30 kW system on a shed that can also be used to charge the train.