The Solar Design and Installation Awards are Australia's premier solar awards, recognising excellence in the design and installation of Australian solar projects.

2018 award finalists

The finalists in the 2018 Solar Design and Installation Awards have been announced. Read on to find out more about this year's finalists in the following categories:

  • Under 30 kW - stand-alone PV power system
  • Under 30 kW - grid connect PV power system and grid connect with battery back-up
  • 30-240 kW - any system eligible
  • Over 240 kW - any system eligible

Under 30 kW - stand-alone PV power system

  • Simon Duff (Towards Tomorrow Energy) for a solar PV system that enabled an award-winning flat packed, re-deployable small building to be situated without the need to be connected to mains power.

  • Bruce McRae and Soleman Massoud (Autonomous Energy) for a stand-alone solar PV system inspired by the African thorn tree at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Melbourne.

  • Michael Reiken (Excel Power) for a steampunk-inspired solar PV system to allow a workshop and office to run completely off grid with two days autonomy.

Under 30 kW - grid connect PV power system and grid connect with battery back-up

  • Luke Fraser (Solar Integrity) for a combined solar PV and battery system that demonstrates how residences connected to single wire earth return lines can install larger solar systems.

  • Florian Geier (SolarHub) for an 8.91 kW solar PV system and battery that was connected to Reposit Power's Capital Region Distributed Virtual Power Plant in Canberra.

  • Matthew Leeson (Leeson Solar) for a 6.75 kW building-integrated PV solar tile system on the Austral Bricks display centre in Rochedale, Queensland.

  • Stephen Mason and Roberta Colombo (Evergen and Mason Electrical Industries) for three solar PV systems with batteries on a 10-storey apartment building in Brisbane.

30-240 kW - any system eligible

  • Geoff Fussell and Guy Cameron (Suntrix) for designing and installing Australia's first modular and scalable floating solar PV system in Lismore, NSW.

  • Nicholas Lake, Gregory Wilson and Simon Gibbs (Nickel Energy) for converting a 68-year-old diesel train to become the world’s first solar-powered train in Byron Bay, NSW.

  • Jamie Thorncraft, Edie Barkla-Mather and Juan Jose Ferrandis Giral (Todae Solar) for a 66 kW solar PV system on a 45-degree pyramid in the Sydney CBD.

Over 240 kW - any system eligible

  • Robert Mailler (YD Projects) for the 11 MW Dunblane Solar Farm in Barcaldine, Queensland, which set a new benchmark for the levelised cost of electricity in Australia.

  • Scott Mason, Murtaza Lukemanjee and Callum Beaton (Platinum Solar Designs) for a 500 kW ground mount solar PV system with a 2.1 MWh battery at the Willinga Park Equestrian Centre in NSW.

  • Jarrod Shepherd and Matthew Linney (Autonomous Energy) for a 2.2 MW rooftop solar system on the Sydney Markets, the largest privately owned rooftop solar installation in the Southern Hemisphere.

Important dates

Finalists announced: Friday 7 September 2018
Presentation ceremony: Wednesday 3 October 2018

The 2018 Solar Design and Installation Awards will be presented at the Grand Networking Event at All-Energy Australia 2018.

Register now to get your free ticket to attend this year's awards ceremony. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at awards@cleanenergycouncil.org.au

Benefits of winning

The benefits of winning a Solar Design and Installation Award include:

  • Earning the right to promote yourself as a 2018 Solar Design and Installation Award Winner with an exclusive logo.
  • Two tickets to attend a Clean Energy Council Installer Night.
  • A link to your website on the Clean Energy Council website.
  • Receiving coverage on the Clean Energy Council and Solar Accreditation websites and in other publications.