2019 Solar Design and Installation Awards finalists announced

The 2019 Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards finalists have been announced, which were selected by a panel of industry experts.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton, said that the projects nominated in the 2019 Solar Design and Installation Awards set a very high standard for excellence, as might be expected during a record period for solar installation across the country.

“2018 was an all-time record for solar installation in Australia, resulting in some truly spectacular projects. The awards are designed to recognise the innovative solutions that solar installers have taken to address unusual problems in the design and installation of solar power systems,” Mr Thornton said.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an entry this year. The quality and diversity of the projects was exceptional,” he said.

Award finalists have been named across the following categories:

  • Systems under 30kW
  • Systems 30-240kW
  • Systems over 240kW

The winners of the 2019 Solar Design and Installation Awards will be announced on Wednesday 23 October at the All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference in Melbourne.

All-Energy Australia is being held in partnership with the Clean Energy Council and Reed Exhibitions. It will run from 23-24 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The full list of finalists is as follows:

Systems under 30kW

  • Joshua Axford for a 100-panel residential solar PV system built across two buildings that enabled the customer to reduce their electricity bill by over 90 per cent
  • Scott Hansen and William Andersson for a 25kW three-phase off-grid solar PV system that saved the customer more than $80,000 in grid connection costs
  • Johnson Lee for a vertically mounted solar PV system with battery backup on Sydney’s award-winning Welcome to the Jungle house
  • Nigel Phillips for a solar PV system in the shape of two crosses on St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Harristown, Queensland

Systems 30-240kW

  • Christopher Geary and Christopher Betland for a 33kW commercial solar PV system and 39 separate 3.3kW systems on an apartment complex in Coffs Harbour
  • Rohan Preston and Lachlan Bateman for using adhesive feet to mount a 98kW solar PV system on Melbourne’s Highpoint Shopping Centre without damaging the roof
  • Jamie Thorncraft and Natalie Collins for a 87kW solar PV system that powers Australia’s first rooftop indigenous garden at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

Systems over 240kW

  • Luke Butterworth and Matthias Huchel for designing and installing a 1.74MW solar PV system on Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal Building
  • Christopher Hackett and Dimitar Liev for a 638kW solar PV system on the roof of the cafeteria and Crocoseum at the world-famous Australia Zoo
  • Matthew Linney, John Gough and Timothy Ball for a 1MW solar PV carpark shading system at the Sunshine Plaza shopping centre in Maroochydore, Queensland.
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