The Clean Energy Council awards, presented at the Australian Clean Energy Summit Gala Dinner, recognise excellence in the clean energy sector.

Cloud prediction technology, innovative financial models, a program to reduce power bills in indigenous communities and a smart solar and storage program to shave off periods of peak electricity demand are some of the finalists in this year's awards.

The 2016 award winners will be announced at the Australian Clean Energy Summit Gala Dinner at the Hilton Sydney on Wednesday 27 July. To be a part of the clean energy industry's night of nights, book your ticket below.

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2016 finalists

Each year the Clean Energy Council Awards honour leaders in the field for their work in both innovation and business community engagement - with a new category introduced this year for outstanding contribution to industry. The new award is to recognise those who have helped the clean energy industry to rise to new heights over a sustained period. No finalists are announced for this award. The finalists for the Innovation and Business Community Engagement Awards are:

Innovation Award finalists

Fulcrum 3D for its CloudCAM technology that enables large-scale solar power plants to work in better harmony with the rest of the electricity system by predicting periods when they will be covered by clouds.

RES developed an innovative model to secure debt and equity investors for the Ararat Wind Farm, bringing the project to financial close during a period of uncertainty following the review of the Renewable Energy Target. The wind farm was successful in securing additional support from the ACT Government in the first round of its reverse auction program.

United Energy (UE) worked with Sunverge and Energy Makeovers to install 50 kilowatts of solar and storage on the distribution network to help shave off peak demand and reduce the need for additional poles and wires. UE used a cloud platform to operate individual storage units remotely, intelligently using or storing solar energy throughout the day and employing it to help reduce evening peak periods.    

Business Community Engagement Award finalists

ClimateWorks Australia for the stakeholder engagement of its research on deep decarbonisation by 2050 and how Australia can prosper in a low-carbon world. The organisation met with a wide range of political and business leaders, as well as industry associations.

Goldwind Australia for a series of initiatives at its White Rock Wind Farm in New England which are designed to make the project a valued part of the community. These included a mobile black spot initiative, direct engagement and a program to share the benefits with near neighbours to wind turbines. 

The Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation for the Manymak Energy Efficiency Project 2016, which worked with six indigenous communities to help them reduce their energy use and power bills through technology and behaviour change. The project employed 81 Yolngu Energy Efficiency Workers and had a participation rate of 89 per cent. 

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