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Finalists unveiled for British Renewable Energy Awards 2014



The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has announced the finalists for the 2014 British Renewable Energy Awards, which honours those that have developed, innovated and invested in the growing renewable sector.

The awards cover 12 categories, excluding a judges’ award, which demonstrate the range of companies and individuals working within the renewable energy sector. Categories include awards for communities and companies to innovation and skills.

Meanwhile, the financial product category, sponsored by Blue & Green Tomorrow, highlights products that have accelerated the deployment of renewables in the UK. Finalists include renewable energy crowdfunding platform Abundance Generation; renewable energy provider Good Energy, which issued bonds that raised three times the target amount; and Siemens Financial Services, which has financed over 1,500 green projects.

Nina Skorupska, REA chief executive, said, “The variety in the shortlist offers a snapshot of the renewables economy in action. It is a reminder that renewable energy is not just about technology, it’s something that is transforming our society at all levels, from people’s homes and communities to mainstream companies making major investments.”

Renewable energy has been gradually increasing in the UK and the latest government figures show that renewable electricity grew by 3.5% in 2013, with renewables accounting for 15% of the UK’s needs. The growing sector and demand for renewables highlight the opportunities in the area.

The winners of the Renewable Energy Awards will receive their awards at a black tie gala dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London on June 12.

The full shortlist

Champion – for an individual who deserves recognition in the sector.

– John Baldwin, CNG Services
– Ian Burrow, RBS/Natwest
– Michelle T Davies, Eversheds
– Stuart Elmes, Viridian Solar
– Richard Yemm, Pelamis Wave Power

Community – for a community group that has been active in developing a renewable energy project or programme of installation in their area.

– Community by Design
– Community Energy South
– GenCommunity

Company – For the company that’s done the most in the past year to advance UK renewables.

– Bluefield Partners
– Cornwall Energy
– Eco2
– Forest Fuels
– Forever Fuels
– Infinis
– Tamar Energy

Financial Product – For a financial product that has accelerated the deployment of renewable in the UK.

– Abundance Generation
– Bluefield Partners
– Good Energy
– RBS/Natwest
– Siemens Financial Services

Innovation – For an innovative renewable emery device that has achieved a major milestone.

– Clarke Energy
– Rural Energy
– Springhill Farms
– Viridian Solar

Installer – For a company that has excelled in the installation of renewable energy equipment.

– Ecofurb
– EcoEnergy
– Henson Heat Pumps & Renewables
– Marches Biogas
– Rural Energy

Leadership – For an organisation that is mainstreaming renewable energy through the scale of its investment or its commitment to securing energy needs from renewables.

– Bristol City Council
– Bluefield Partners
– Infinis

Pioneer – For an organisation in a sector not previously associated with renewables that has now become involved and created a pathway that others can follow.

– Virdor
– WDS Green Energy
– Williams F1

Project – For a company that has developed an outstanding building-integrated, on-site or stand-alone project.

– Eco2
– Myriad Solar PV
– SgurrEnergy
– TEG Environmental

Skills Development – For an organisation that has excelled in improving the skills base in the industry.

– Centrica Energy
– Hughes Sub Surface Engineering
– Innasol
– Sasie Training

Sustainability – For an organisation using organics recycling to rethink their resources use or achieve zero waste, or a product or service that helps other organisations to do so.

– Freeland Horticultire
– Sainsbury’s
– Staples Vegetables

Photo: Paisley Scotland via Flickr

Further reading:

Renewable electricity share at 15% in 2013 as UK emissions fall 2%

Government poll: 77% of Britons support renewable energy

Renewable energy second most popular investment for British public

Government poll charts major support renewable energy

The UK’s future energy provisions: infographic analysis


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