• 19-28 October 2021
  • Online

CEC Solar Masterclass

DATE

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

TIME

5:00pm - 7:15pm

DURATION

2 x 1hr

SESSION DESCRIPTION

The Solar Masterclass provides a one-stop shop for solar designers and installers to get expert advice on the major design and installation issues currently facing the industry, with these sessions focusing particularly on safety and recycling. Attendance is free and 10 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points will be available to eligible installers who attend each live session.

SESSION OUTLINE

First session: Safety first: addressing health and safety risks in rooftop solar
5:00pm – 6:00pm (10CPD points)

Safety first: addressing health and safety risks in rooftop solar

Workplace health and safety is an essential consideration in any industry, but it is especially critical in a sector such as rooftop solar where mistakes can be fatal. This session will look at the well-known health and safety risks in the solar industry, such as working at heights and electrical hazards, as well as some of the less prominent issues, such as mental health and wellbeing and electrical and physical safety after natural disasters.
 

CHAIR: Michael Shaughnessy, Technical Support, Clean Energy Council

  • Michael Tilden, Assistant State Inspector, Construction Services Newcastle, NSW Safe Work
  • Bobbi McKibbin, Director, Solar Integrity
  • Thomas Seymour, Technical Support, Clean Energy Council
     

6:00pm – 6:15pm BREAK
 

Second Session: Sustainable solar: the emergence of battery and PV module recycling 
6:15pm – 7:15pm (10CPD points)

Sustainable solar: the emergence of battery and PV module recycling

With the first generation of solar systems approaching end of life, the issue of recycling PV modules and batteries is fast becoming a major consideration for the industry. If handled poorly, this will have a significant impact on the industry’s environmental credentials. This session will look at the recycling options currently available for PV modules and batteries in New South Wales and how the sector is developing around Australia.
 

CHAIR: Thakshila Gunaratna, Industry Research Analyst, Clean Energy Council

  •  Libby Chaplin, CEO, Battery Stewardship Council

 

SPEAKERS

CHAIR

Michael Shaughnessy

Technical Support, Clean Energy Council

Michael is an electrician and small business owner installing solar, storage and heat pumps.  He also works at the CEC in the Technical team offering technical support to solar installers.

Thakshila Gunaratna

Industry Research Analyst, Clean Energy Council

Thakshila is an Industry Research Analyst in the Policy team, and currently leads the Product Stewardship of PV panels and batteries at the CEC. Thakshila works closely with CEC members, external stakeholders, and broader CEC teams to support renewable industry through fact-based policies and analysis. Thakshila joined CEC to follow her passion for data analysis/modelling and policy research. She holds a Master’s degree in commerce specialised in economics and finance. Prior to CEC Thakshila used to work in an engineering consultancy and in academia.

PANELLISTS

Michael Tilden

Assistant State Inspector, Construction Services Newcastle, NSW Safe Work

Michael is an Assistant State Inspector with SafeWork NSW Regional Construction service team based in Newcastle NSW. I have been working with SafeWork NSW as an Inspector for the past 7 years and previously worked in the Arboriculture industry gaining extensive experience in height safety. I have been leading the development of SafeWork NSW Safe Solar Installation campaign to provide advice and influence positive safety outcomes for roof top solar installation. 

Bobbi McKibbin

Director, Solar Integrity

Born and bred a local girl in Yackandandah, Bobbi has been in and around the solar industry since 2006, cutting her teeth in energy efficiency, after all the cheapest power is the power you don’t use.  In 2007 she started working for a local solar company where she found her passion. 

In 2009 she became part owner in Anything Solar in Wodonga. Bobbi loves being able to assist people with reducing their energy usage be it through energy efficiency or solar power and hot water recommendations. Bobbi is also a founding volunteer member for local community energy group Renewable Albury Wodonga Energy, a local organization currently exploring medium sized solar farm installations.

She also actively assists other community energy organisations from around Australia.  Bobbi is also a great advocate for the renewable energy sector and as a result has held a volunteer position on the Clean Energy Council’s Installer Reference Group and also the Victorian Governments Solar Victoria Industry and Consumer Reference Group.

In 2019 Bobbi was award the SolarCutter of the year award.  This award is an industry peer award and was awarded based on Bobbi’s above and beyond approach and lobbying the Victorian Government in a state of crisis as the Victorian solar industry ground to a halt when the government put its rebate program on hold for 3 months. 

Thomas Seymour

Technical Support, Clean Energy Council

Thomas Seymour is a Technical Support and Compliance Officer at the Clean Energy Council. Like other members of the Technical Team he is a qualified Electrician and Accredited Solar Installer.

Thomas trained in commercial electrical, working for companies such as PSG, Downer and Watters. Solar presented an interesting set of new challenges with system design and installation and how to keep up with the fast pace of change in the sector.

Prior to joining the CEC two years ago he was operating an electrical contracting and solar business in Central Victoria.

As well as his experience in the electrical industry Thomas is a qualified Industrial Designer.

Libby Chaplin

CEO, Battery Stewardship Council

As CEO of the Battery Stewardship Council Libby is responsible for establishing a national stewardship scheme for Australia.  The model is a unique approach that has the capacity to rapidly increase battery collection rates in this country. For the past 10 years, Libby has specialised in electronics and battery stewardship, working in the US, Canada and South Korea for clients such as the Green Electronics Council, the US EPA, the International Sustainable Development Foundation, and numerous electronic-waste recyclers. 

Libby has a strong focus on facilitating product stewardship at the national level by understanding the impact of life cycle dynamics on achieving responsible end-of-life outcomes.  

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