The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has revealed the shortlisted companies and individuals that will vie for accolades at the eighth annual British Renewable Energy Awards in June.
The REA – the trade body for the renewables industry – recently conducted a confidence survey among its members, with 96% saying they were apprehensive about whether the UK can meet its 2020 renewables target.
The awards evening will therefore be a chance to set aside policy worries and focus instead on championing innovation and excellence across the wide-ranging sector.
Westmill Solar Co-operative is in the running for the Community Award, after successfully raising money through a share offer to install 21,000 solar panels at a site in Oxfordshire.
The Lancashire county pension fund, which invested £12m in the Westmill project, is included in the Pioneer Award category, which is sponsored by Blue & Green Tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Lightsource Renewable Energy and Solarcentury – the companies behind that gave a Cambridgeshire waste treatment plant a solar makeover in September – are up for the Leadership and Project Award respectively. Solarcentury’s inclusion is because of its role in transforming Blackfriars bridge into London’s largest solar development.
“As always, the shortlist for this year’s awards reflects the diversity, diligence and ingenuity of the UK renewables industry”, said Gaynor Hartnell, the REA’s chief executive who earlier this year said she would be stepping down from her role.
“We have lifelong renewables champions alongside exciting young entrepreneurs. Small start-ups showing their peers how it’s done, and huge projects setting a path for others to follow.
“These fascinating stories reveal how renewable energy is powering society, heating homes and businesses and getting us from A to B.”
Former Conservative politician Michael Portillo is after dinner speaker at the event, which takes place at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London on June 13. Tickets are available through the REA’s website and the full shortlist can be found below.
John Baldwin – CNG Services
Peter Fraenkel – Fraenkel-Wright
David Handley – Renewable Energy Systems
Clare Lukehurst – IEA Task 37
Mark Shorrock – Tidal Lagoon Power
Guy Watson – Dulas
Devon Association for Renewable Energy
Westmill Solar Co-operative
Bright Green Energy
British Gas New Energy & Walsall Housing Group
Feed It Green
J V Energen
Lightsource Renewable Energy
Vale Green Energy
Pioneer Award (sponsored by Blue & Green Tomorrow)
Eco Sustainable Solutions
Golden Gates Housing Trust
Lancashire County Pension Fund
Vale Green Energy
Project Award (sponsored by reNews)
Clearfleau – Dailauine anaerobic digestion plant
Ignis Biomass – Wick district heating scheme
J V Energen/Scotia Gas Networks – Poundbury biomethane injection project
Solarcentury – Blackfriars solar bridge
Skills Development Award
A P Chant Renewable Energy