When: Monday 11 March 2019, 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.
Where: EnergyLab, 4-12 Buckland St, Chippendale NSW 2008 (click here and here for maps).
Cost: A $5 donation would be appreciated to assist with venue costs.
RSVP: Members and non-members are asked to book a place for this talk by selecting REGISTER at this link.


This event will encourage a wide-ranging discussion on solar PV with some of the best in the business. We have drawn inspiration from the ever-popular Crap Solar Facebook page to deliver an evening that shows how to avoid the pitfalls of a poor solar installation. Our presenters will focus on the benefits of high quality design, installation and monitoring of solar PV systems.

If you you are a PV owner, an architect or a designer or are looking to install solar PV on your home or business, this is an event that your don’t want to miss. With 3 highly experienced solar PV industry professionals presenting, expect to get the knowledge you need to avoid sub-standard solar.

Talk summary:

  • how to differentiate between poor quality and high quality installations
  • upgrading existing systems – is it worth it?
  • over-sizing systems – pros & cons
  • understanding the diversity of household energy use – going beyond the notion of the “average user” to understand energy demand and opportunities to move to a 100% renewable grid
  • what does Solar PV monitoring actually mean for people? And the bigger picture of how solar PV monitoring is being used to stabilise the grid
  • where to from here – what else can solar PV and platforms like Solar Analytics do? demand energy response, peer-to-peer or selling to grid.

Speaker details:

Sam Groves is the Business Development Manager at Greentech Australia. He has 10 years’ of experience  working in the solar industry. After specialising in residential and commercial solar installation for a number of years he has moved into wholesale and importation.

He is currently growing one of the largest solar wholesalers in the country with over 100 installer partners. MMEM Greentech started in 2015 and has moved quickly to stock most major brands in the market. Greentech has over 15 warehouses nationally and employs over 150 staff.

Kit Man Chan is Managing Director at Clean Energy Corporation Australia. He is responsible for clean energy project teams who take a full-service approach; from design through to installation, and provide ongoing monitoring and maintenance services to deliver commercial solar systems typically between 50-200kW.

Clean Energy Corporation guarantees the electricity production of their solar energy systems to their customers and complies with best practices as recommended by SafeWork NSW and WHS legislation in addition to Australian Standards.

Notable recent projects completed by Clean Energy Corporation Australia include;

  • 100kW – Collins Square Melbourne – CEC award winner 2016
  • 6kW – Byron Bay solar train – CEC award finalist 2018
  • 100kW and 90 kW – UNSW Electrical Engineering and Science and Engineering Buildings

Nigel Morris has been involved in the solar industry for more than 25 years and is currently the Director of Business Development at Solar Analytics. He has worked in almost every aspect of the solar industry including manufacturing, installation, selling and designing solar as well as monitoring and storage systems around the world. In 2018 Nigel was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award by the Clean Energy Council. His previous roles include;

  • Chief Executive Officer of RoofJuice, a premium solar retailer
  • Founder of Solar Business Services acting as a consultant, analyst, industry advisor and business coach
  • Senior manager at BP Solar
  • Director, installer and sales person at Rainbow Power Company.

Nigel sits on a number of industry advisory boards, co-hosts the Solar Insiders Podcast, and is a prolific blogger and passionate electric motorcycle owner.

Members and non-members are asked to book a place for this talk by selecting REGISTER at this link.

Directions and further details:
Please arrive after 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start with the talk finishing at 7.30pm with time to chat until 8pm.

EnergyLab is about a 15-minute walk from either Redfern Station or Central Station. Entry to the premises is through a metal gate with access to a 2-storey sandstone building along a driveway towards the rear of the property.

Buckland St., Chippendale is well-serviced with buses including the 412, 413, 422, 423, 426, 428, 431, 433, 436, 438, 439, 440, 461, 470, 480, 483, L23, L28, M10, M30. Bicycles can be safely locked inside the building. Parking is limited in the area although Broadway Shopping Centre offers a nearby option.

Tea, coffee and tasty snacks are available before and after the talk, with donations gratefully accepted. As we have paid an NGO rate for the EnergyLab space, a $5 donation would be appreciated.

Renew is an independent organisation that does not endorse products and seeks to provide members with information so that they can make well-informed sustainable decisions.

Renew Sydney Central Branch – David Winterton (Co-Convenor)

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