A Northern Territory program which helped indigenous communities reduce their power use and an innovative project to reduce power spikes using solar and storage were announced as the winners of the Clean Energy Council Awards this evening at the NAB Gala Dinner, as part of the Australian Clean Energy Summit in Sydney.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the winners were stand-outs in a strong field in 2016, and thanked all who took the time to submit an entry.

“The NT Power and Water Corporation won the Clean Energy Council Community Engagement Award for the Manymak Energy Efficiency Project, which worked with six indigenous communities in the Territory,” Mr Thornton said.

The program successfully helped people living in these areas to reduce their power bills and energy use, and employed 81 Yolngu energy efficiency workers.

“Victorian power utility United Energy took out the Clean Energy Council Innovation Award, for a project which used solar and storage to cut peaks in electricity usage, and reduced the need for an additional spend on poles and wires. But it was a cloud platform that allowed it to operate individual storage units remotely and on demand that really set the initiative apart.”  

This year the Clean Energy Council introduced the Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award, which was won by Fiona O’Hehir, the CEO of Greenbank Environmental.

“Fiona has made a long standing contribution to the renewable energy sector and recently made a massive personal sacrifice to ensure integrity of the solar industry and to protect the strong and positive reputation of the solar industry amongst Australian householders,” Mr Thornton said.

“People like Fiona make this industry a great one, and I am proud to present her with this inaugural award tonight in recognition of her extraordinary efforts on behalf of this industry.   

“The standard of entries improves every year, and I very much look forward to seeing the quality of projects in next year’s awards.”

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