Solar design and innovation award project
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The 2022 Solar Design and Installation Awards recipients have been announced at the All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference in Melbourne, with winners showcasing outstanding innovation.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton, said the winners have taken solar design and installation in Australia to another level, highlighting the outstanding innovation and expertise that the industry is known for.

“One of the many great things about the rooftop solar industry is that it attracts some truly remarkable people who, when faced with challenges, are able to come up with unique and innovative solutions that change the way we think about the design and installation of rooftop solar,” Mr Thornton said.

“The Clean Energy Council’s Solar Design and Installation Awards is a celebration of these people and their work.

“The finalists in this year’s awards represent some of Australia’s most innovative solar installations, and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an entry.”

The 2022 Solar Design and Installation Award Winners are:

Under 100kW – Domestic
Winners – Luke Flegeltaub and Luke Neall
Working with Kobi Energy Solutions, Luke and Luke designed and installed a 24.4kW solar system with a 20kWh battery on a designer home in East Albury, New South Wales. Using premium products and including the construction of a dedicated battery and inverter room at the back of the home, the installation is designed to make the occupants of the home self-sufficient and autonomous from the grid while maintaining the aesthetics of the designer home.

Solar design and innovation award project
Under 100kW – Commercial
Winners – Eddie Springer and David Honzatko
Working with Springers Solar, Eddie and David designed and installed a 67.6kW solar system on the Australian Taxation Office’s 15-storey Brisbane CBD headquarters. The system’s location on the roof of a high-rise building required a number of unique solutions, including a custom designed mounting system that maintained the integrity of the roof and ensuring that the system operated safely with the building’s on-site auto-start generator. The result was an innovative installation that maximised the available roof space, proving the feasibility of high-rise city properties reducing their carbon footprints with solar PV systems.

Over 100kW
Winner – Gavin Goodhew
Working for Goodhew Electrical and Solar, Gavin designed and installed a 1.2MW solar system at Queensland’s Sheldon College. Situated across eight buildings, the system’s design recreates the school’s logo with solar panels and, in a first for an Australian school, uses advanced monitoring and logging software to allow students to learn about solar energy and sustainability. The system serves almost all the school’s energy needs during school hours, saving up to five tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per day.

Solar design and innovation award project

Featured image of Eddie Springer and David Hozatko’s 67.6kW solar system on the Australian Taxation Office’s 15-storey Brisbane CBD headquarters.  All images courtesy of the CEC. 

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