A sign of the times

The national voice for Australia’s Smart Energy future

The Australian Solar Council and the Energy Storage Council have combined to become the Smart Energy Council, the new national voice for Australia’s Smart Energy future. The name change reflects developments in the industry that continue to evolve at a rapid pace. “Australia will inevitably be powered by Smart Energy. We represent the most innovative renewable energy leaders in the field. We are transforming to better reflect our members and Australia’s energy future,” Smart Energy Council chief executive John Grimes said.

“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.”

Since 1954 the organisation has been advancing the cause of solar energy and three years ago formally added energy storage with the creation of the Energy Storage Council.

Tracing its history back to 1954, the Smart Energy Council is the peak industry body for the solar, storage and smart energy industries.  With corporate members across Australia, it is the peak industry not-for-profit organisation committed to clean, efficient, cheap and smart energy solutions.

“Today the market is all about smart energy solutions … Australians want cheap, clean, and smart renewable energy that is always available. We will build the networks, advocacy and education needed to support this change,” John Grimes said.

He emphasised that the organisation’s commitment to strong advocacy in solar and energy storage won’t change. Neither will its support of large-scale renewables, pumped hydro, battery storage, smart controls and solar PV along with solar thermal, solar hot water, energy monitoring and trading.

John Grimes said “Our Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition will continue to be the leading free to attend, industry run national and international event.”

The conference and exhibition is complemented throughout the year by a series of industry-focused events, marketing and networking opportunities.

And the newly forged Smart Energy Training Centre which has already set a cracking pace will continue to provide national training.

“Almost four million Australian homes have solar on their rooftops. Over 6,000 MW 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.”

John Grimes says clean energy is evolving rapidly and becoming cheaper and smarter.

“Our members are at the forefront of developing cheap renewables. Cheap 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.

“The Smart Energy Council represents the national voice of the solar, storage and smart energy management industries – the energy industries of the future.”

Oliver Yates who previously led the CEFC was recently appointed to the Board of the Smart Energy Council.


For interviews contact Wayne Smith, Government Relations Manager, Smart Energy Council on 0417 141 812