Fifty finalists announced today are in contention for the 14th Scottish Green Energy Awards, to be held in Edinburgh on December 3. Three community hydropower projects, the Director-General of the CBI, an Orkney business with world-leading expertise in wave and tidal energy and Scotland’s biggest energy consumer are all shortlisted for the prestigious gongs.
Locals in Edinburgh, the Trossachs and on the Isle of Mull are all benefitting from hydro-electric schemes, which are in the running for the Best Community Project award.
CBI chief John Cridland’s consistent highlighting of the impact of UK Government cuts to green energy this summer sees him nominated in the Champion of Renewables category.
Leask Marine, whose work to remove a tidal energy device from the Orkney seabed then return the site to its original state was acclaimed as a world-first, is nominated as Best Supplier.
Scottish Water’s efforts to use renewable energy – doubling its green power capacity since 2013 in a bid to reduce its £45 million energy bill – see the business nominated for the Renewing Scotland award alongside a district heating scheme in Wick, an innovative rural heating project in the Borders village of Abbey St Bathans and a solar farm at Mackie’s ice cream factory.
Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, which organises the 1,000-strong awards event, said: “2015 has been an incredibly difficult year for renewable energy, with a whole series of cuts by the Westminster Government. We should however remember that our industry is producing record levels of heat and power as we seek to lead the transformation in Scotland’s energy sector.
“This year’s finalists have all played a part in our industry’s success and show the many ways in which the growth of renewable energy is benefitting communities and businesses across the country.
“I would like to thank everyone who entered the awards, and I look forward to congratulating the worthy winners on December 3.”
The full list of finalists, which can be seen online together with previous winners, is:
Best Community Project
Harlaw community hydro scheme
Callendar community hydro scheme
Beinn Ghrideag wind farm
Garmony community hydro scheme
Balgair Castle Holiday Park biomass district heating system
Accelerating Renewables Connections by SP Energy Networks, Community Energy Scotland, Smarter Grid Solutions and the University of Strathclyde
Wave Energy Scotland
Bird monitoring model by Atmos Consulting
Dulas Live by Dulas Ltd and Visual Wind
Clyde wind farm by Dan Brown
Whitelee Wind Farm by Michael McGurk
FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility by Stuart Brown
Sunset wind turbine by Jose Vega-Lozano
Turbine blades by Eddie Boyd
Shetland turbine by Paul Riddell
Green Marine (UK) Ltd
ILI (Renewable Energy) Ltd
Urban Wind Ltd
Leask Marine Ltd
Wind Prospect Operations
Energised Environments Ltd
Champion of Renewables
Professor Martin Tangney; Director, Biofuel Research Centre, Edinburgh Napier University and Founder, Celtic Renewables
John Cridland CBE; Director-General, Confederation of British Industry
Richard Howard; Head of Environment & Energy, Policy Exchange
Dr Heather Reid OBE
Lord Wallace of Tankerness; Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords
Energy Skills Partnership
Diane Hill, Skills Development Scotland
Falck Safety Services
National Skills Academy for Power
SP Energy Networks
Atkins and Burntisland Fabrication Ltd
Green Highland Renewables
European Marine Energy Centre
Ignis Wick Ltd
Mackie’s of Scotland solar PV by Absolute Solar and Wind
Jenny Kirkpatrick, Natural Power
Irina Cortizo, Atkins
Andy Kay, ORE Catapult
Jennifer Ramsay, Local Energy Scotland
Sandy Robinson, Scene Consulting
Guide to Hydropower Construction Best Practice by Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection
Agency and Scottish Renewables
Wick District Heating Scheme by Ignis Wick Ltd
Cameronbridge distillery bio-energy facility by Diageo