The winners of the 2015 Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards were presented across a range of categories at the ATRAA solar industry dinner last night, capping off a very successful All-Energy Australia conference in Melbourne.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said his organisation had been overwhelmed with entries this year, highlighting the commitment of the solar industry to excellence and constant improvement.

“The winners of the 2015 Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards used innovative approaches to overcome complex challenges, and outshone the rest of a very strong field,” Mr Thornton  said.

“This has been a record year for entries, and I would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists for the high quality of their entries this year, which made the judging very difficult.

“It is once again an exciting time to be in the clean energy industry. The last couple of years have not been easy, but the innovation clearly evident in these awards provides inspiration for the rest of the industry.”

The winners of the 2015 Clean Energy Council Solar PV Design and Installation Awards are as follows:

Grid-connect solar PV power system Design and Installation – Under 15 kilowatts

Peter Leeson from Leeson Solar, for a 7.14 kW solar power system on a curved corrugated iron roof at one of Melbourne’s busiest ports.

Grid- Connect Solar PV Power System Design and Installation – 15 to 100 kilowatts

Jamie Thorncraft and Edie Barkla-Mather, Todae Solar, for 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.

Grid-Connect Solar PV Power System Design and Installation – Over 100 kilowatts

Matthew Wilson from EnviroGroup, for 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.

Stand-alone Solar PV Power System Design and Installation

Brian England from Self Sufficiency Supplies, for a solar installation at a crematorium. After investigating the options of a three kilometre 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.

Grid-connect Solar PV Power System Design and Installation – Battery Back-up

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

Read the press release here.

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