Energy Storage: Residential & Commercial


1 hour and 25 minutes


Policy, market and technology factors driving battery uptake.

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Sam Craft

Director, NRG Solar

Sam is a Director and experienced Operations Manager at NRG Solar. She implements and develops key strategic initiatives to strengthen and encourage professional, valuable and customer focused experiences. Sam completed her Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice in 2014 before joining the Renewable Energy Sector. Passionate about her work, Sam strives to ensure that NRG Solar continues to live by their core values in every business decision, demonstrating that NRG Solar is a responsible and sustainable organisation. Sam is also a Director and Board Member at the Smart Energy Council.


Ric Brazzale

Chairman, Green Energy Trading

Ric Brazzale has been involved in the renewable energy industry for more than 30 years and was on the initial Government/Industry working group that worked on developing and implementing the Mandated Renewable Energy Target. Prior to establishing the Green Energy Group in 2008, Ric Brazzale was the Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, now the Clean Energy Council. During this time, Ric was actively involved in the development and implementation of a broad range of solar energy and energy efficiency policies and programs, including participating on the Government’s initial REC Advisor Committee.

As a leading advocate for the sustainable energy industry in Australia, Ric has developed a deep and thorough understanding of the business issues affecting the sustainable energy sector and the energy sector more generally. Ric has participated in a wide range of government and industry consultative groups and has developed critical insights into the policy, market and regulatory environment surrounding energy and greenhouse.

Presentation: Outlook for rooftop and commercial solar and battery storage

Jason Venning

Country Manager – Australia & New Zealand, FIMER

Jason Venning was appointed Country Manager of FIMER Australia in March 2020, after the acquisition of the ABB Solar business. With more than 28 years’ experience in the electricity, power generation and water infrastructure industries, he has extensive experience in leading teams and driving business performance as well as project managing large-scale projects and programmes of work.

Most recently, Jason managed the ABB solar business in Australia which included responsibility for New Zealand.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Curtin University of Technology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Chifley Business School and La Trobe University.

Presentation: Overcoming the barriers to improve the uptake of energy storage solutions in residential and commercial applications

Huon Hoogesteger

Founder, Smart Commercial Solar 

Huon Hoogesteger is the founder and CEO of Smart Commercial Solar, one Australia’s leading commercial solar providers and energy analysts. He is a commercial solar pioneer who built an elite, math-centric team, developed sophisticated system monitoring and analytical processes, and created an innovation that allows businesses to get solar installations for no upfront costs while simultaneously lowering their electricity bills. He and his team have been short-listed for the The Australian Shell Innovation Award and earned a top ten finish in Anthill’s annual awards.Huon’s vision is to raise the standard of the commercial solar industry, and to establish solar as Australia’s go-to power source.

Presentation: Batteries: discharging the myth. Do batteries make sense and, if so, when?

Rod Scott

CEO, Selectronic

Rod is the CEO of Selectronic Australia, a family-owned Australian Manufacturer since 1964 and a founding supporter of the CEC. Rod’s involvement in the renewables Industry has recently become like a return to his past with IT, big data and communications now playing such a significant part. Rod is passionate about championing Australian Manufacturing in the industry, with an Australian supply chain contributing over 83% of Australian-made components for the renowned Selectronic SP PRO inverter, ranging from 3kW to 240kW in battery voltages of 24V, 48V and 120V and can be used in both on-grid and off-grid systems.

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