Leading solar, storage bodies combine to form Smart Energy Council

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The Australian Solar Council and the Energy Storage Council have combined to create the Smart Energy Council, announced as a new national voice for Australia’s smart energy future.

As the country continues to make massive strides in solar PV and storage deployment, the new body will seek to underpin Australia’s smart energy transition and better represent the solar, storage and smart energy management industries.

“We have been enormously successful in the past, and will continue to work with our members to support Australia’s smart energy transition. Australia has the world’s best solar scientists, the world’s highest uptake of household solar, and is a world leader in energy storage,” said Smart Energy Council Chief Executive John Grimes, who served as Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council from 2008 and Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Storage Council from 2014.

The news on creation of the Smart Energy Council comes hot on the heels of the appointment of former Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) CEO Oliver Yates to the ASC board that came as a significant addition due to his renewable energy financing expertise.

“Almost 4 million Australian homes have solar on their rooftops. Over 6,000MW of solar  photovoltaics have been installed, and this number continues to grow. That’s because Australians know solar works. Solar saves money. Solar is the cheapest way to generate new electricity, bar none,” said Grimes, stressing that Australia will inevitably be powered by smart energy.

Noting that clean energy is evolving rapidly and becoming cheaper and smarter, Grimes says that cheap renewables, including battery storage, off river pumped hydro and other forms of energy storage, are all being harnessed by smart energy IT systems, to bring together a complete and affordable solution.

“Australians want cheap, reliable, clean energy because they know it’s the smart choice. They want tailored solutions that match supply and demand in the most efficient and cleanest way. They want control of their energy. They want to produce and store their own energy. They want smart energy management systems that do the work for them,” concludes Grimes.