Conference 2021 at SkyCity Event Centre

The focus of SEANZ 2021 was 'Building Capability' as solar PV and storage uptake continues in the drive towards 100% renewable energy for New Zealand.

The event featured a 2-day program encompassing: how to technical sessions, grid connect and off-grid best practice, new technology and products showcase, networking events on the first day, while the second day featured innovative case studies, open technical sessions, unique implementations, as well as the industry update with Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Dr Megan Woods. The event was finished off with an amazing Gala dinner sponsored with thanks to sonnen and the annual awards event sponsored by Fronius.


And the 2021 Fronius Award winners were:

1. Best Off-Grid Renewable System
Winner: Infratec and Sunergise for the Kayangal Hybrid Project in Palau
Runner-up: Hubands Energy for the Matekohe Limestone Island Solar Project

2. Best Grid-Connected Renewable System
Joint Winners: Infinite Energy NZ for the Forest Lodge Orchard Project AND Vector Powersmart for the Watercare Floating Solar Farm

3. Dave Keppel Innovation Award
Winner: Re/volve Energy for Energy Management & Billing Solution
Runner-up: Infratec for Project BOOST

4. Best Small Business
Winner: Sunergy Solar Ltd

5. Best Environmental Impact
Winner: Re/volve Energy for the Cohaus Project
Runner-up: Sunergy Solar Ltd for the Stewart Island Solar Project

6. Best Large Business
Winner: Vector Powersmart

7. Best Community Energy Project
Winner: Infratec for the Energise Ōtaki Community Project

8. SEANZ Industry Person of the Years – 2020 and 2021
Winner: Terry Paddy of Cortexo