The Clean Energy Council (CEC) Awards are an important part of Clean Energy Week, Australia’s largest event for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.
At the CEC awards night Philip Robertson, Bushlight’s Senior Technical Officer – RE System Design, was presented the industry award for “Best Design and Installation, Stand-alone power system greater than 10kW”. The awards are judged by a panel of industry peers and the CEC and provide an opportunity for demonstrated excellence and leadership in the industry to be recognised.
The system that won the award was installed at Raymangirr in the Top End of the Northern Territory. The judging panel highlighted the quality of the work done by Bushlight in the areas of community consultation, process documentation and the training and installation of the system.
Raymangirr is home to 60 permanent residents. This Arnhem Land community has a very active school which services three surrounding homelands. Community energy planning commenced with residents in March 2011 and in November of the same year the Bushlight solar system was installed, providing reliable energy services to five houses, the school and a community store.
This award recognises the overall process that Bushlight puts into every system design and installation. The whole Bushlight team has been recognised for the excellent work that goes into all our systems.
The Manymak Energy Efficiency Project has been awarded the Banksia Foundation's Sustainable and Resilient Communities Award 2016. The Centre for Appropriate Technology Limited led the design and delivery of the community engagement aspect of this important project which saw over 80 Yolngu trained and employed to deliver householder education about energy and water efficiency.
Jim Bray, an Eastern Arrernte man, was one of the founders of and the long-standing Chairman for the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT). He has left a huge legacy as an ambassador for science and technology, education and development for Indigenous people in Central Australia.
THE INTERNET ON THE OUTSTATION -
THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND REMOTE ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES BOOK
Based on a multi year research project the book was launched at the 2016 Broadband in the Bush Forum in Brisbane. Andrew Crouch from CAT led the technical set up and training aspects of the project at three outstations in the NT and is one of the authors.
Beds for the Elders. A big thanks to Waltja, Centrecorp Foundation, the CAT enterprise workshop and local businesses in Alice Springs for their contributions to this project. Read the flyer for more information.