Leaders and innovators from across the Australian clean energy industry are invited to nominate for this year’s Clean Energy Council Awards, to be announced in Sydney on July 18 as part of the Australian Clean Energy Summit.

The awards celebrate innovation and excellence in the Australian clean energy sector, and nominations close on May 31.

Clean Energy Council CEO Kane Thornton said the Clean Energy Council Awards, held during the NAB Gala Dinner at the Australian Clean Energy Summit, recognise the industry’s brightest innovators, best practice in community engagement and the leaders who have made an exceptional contribution to the sector.

“This year is shaping up to be the biggest for Australia’s large-scale renewable sector since the end of the Snowy Hydro Scheme more than 50 years ago,” Thornton said.

“It’s a very exciting time to be in this industry, and the Australian Clean Energy Summit is the premier gathering of leaders driving this energy transformation.”

Speakers who have confirmed for the event include:

Labor Party leader Bill Shorten
Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale
Tesla regional manager business development Lara Olsen
AGL managing director and CEO Andy Vesey
BHP Billiton principal low emissions technology Kirsten Rose
Transgrid CEO Paul Italiano
EnergyAustralia executive of energy Mark Collette
Business Council of Australia executive director policy, energy and climate change Clare Savage
• CEOs and managing directors of new innovative energy businesses including GreenSync and Reposit Power

Nominations for the 2017 Clean Energy Council Awards are open until May 31 in the following categories:

• Innovation
• Community Engagement
• Outstanding Contribution to Industry

Victorian power utility United Energy received the 2016 Clean Energy Council Innovation Award for a project which used solar, storage and cloud technology to cut peaks in electricity usage and operate storage units remotely on demand.

The Community Engagement Award was won by NT Power and Water Corporation for its work helping indigenous communities in the Northern Territory to reduce their power bills.

The inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award was last year awarded to Greenbank Environmental CEO Fiona O’Hehir, for her commitment to protecting the integrity of the solar industry.

More information on the Clean Energy Council Awards can be found at cleanenergysummit.com.au/awards or by emailing awards@cleanenergycouncil.org.au. Entries close on May 31.

The Australian Clean Energy Summit will run from 18-19 July at the Hilton Sydney. More information and registration is available at cleanenergysummit.com.au. Early bird tickets to the summit are available until May 31.

The Clean Energy Council would like to thank Goldwind Australia, the event’s major sponsor.