The centenary of hydro power in Tasmania, an Australian wave energy pioneer, a fun run through a wind farm and the innovative integration of solar, storage and demand management are some of the finalists announced today in a very strong field for the Clean Energy Council Industry Awards.

The winners of the awards will be announced next Wednesday at the Australian Clean Energy Summit Gala Dinner in Sydney.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the six finalists were stand-outs in an industry that was consistently striving for excellence.

“The Clean Energy Council Industry Awards identify businesses that have embraced the immense potential of clean energy, and who have impressed the judges with either their world-class innovation or their best-in-class engagement with the community,” Mr Thornton said.

“These finalists cover an extremely diverse range of projects, and represent those who are setting the pace for the rest of the industry to follow.”

The finalists for the Clean Energy Council Industry Awards are as follows:

Clean Energy Council Innovation Award

Carnegie Wave Energy operates the only grid-connected wave energy project in the world. Carnegie’s CETO technology delivers both clean energy and desalinated water, and the Perth Wave Energy Project consists of three CETO 5 units which were installed in November 2014.

Standards Australia developed a world-first Standard to evaluate the performance of solar heating and cooling systems. The technical committee working on the project used a framework they had developed in the1990s as a starting point, but substantial and innovative work was required to finalise the new Standard.

TransGrid used a combination of energy storage, solar power, LED light retrofitting and a web portal as part of its iDemand program to research energy demand management in New South Wales. The system was found to be able to reduce on-site peak demand by 50 per cent.

Clean Energy Council Community Engagement Awards

Hydro Tasmania, for its program of free community events and initiatives to celebrate 100 years of hydropower in the state. The program attracted thousands of locals and visitors, and involved the production of a documentary, a schools program, tours, a community open day and a concert with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Infigen Energy’s Run With the Wind 2014 event attracted 750 runners to the Woodlawn Wind Farm in Tarago, New South Wales, and was a unique way to generate significant goodwill with the local community and stakeholders. The fun run helped to raise awareness about renewable energy and included a farmers’ market, and proceeds were donated to local school and charities.

At the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm, Windlab adopted an approach designed to share the benefits of the project across the community. Windlab’s community ownership program was a way to provide direct benefits to neighbours of wind turbines, build positive relationships and help to make the company a genuine part of the local community.