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Highlands and Islands celebrations at renewables industry awards

28 November 2014

Businesses from across Scotland honoured at 1,250-person event

A wind turbine tower manufacturer and a community-led island wind energy project are among those celebrating today after winning at Scottish Renewables’ Green Energy Awards held in Edinburgh last night (Nov 27).

Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd, an Argyll-based SSE Ventures Company with investment funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise(HIE), won Best Supplier, The company was described by the judges as “a crucial part of the supply chain”".

The Barra and Vatersay Community Wind Energy Project won Best Community Project. The project is the first in the world to use a beach landing to deliver turbine parts. The turbine is now generating electricity for the local economy after a determined effort by locals who realised its potential.

The Green Energy Awards, now in their 12th year and sponsored by EDF Energy Renewables, were held as it was revealed renewables became Scotland’s main source of power in the first six months of 2014.

Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Niall Stuart hosted the evening at Edinburgh’s EICC. He said: “The Scottish Green Energy Awards ceremony is the biggest night of the year for the renewable energy industry, and it’s particularly pleasing to celebrate 2014’s successes on the day our figures revealed green energy has become Scotland’s main source of power.

“This year’s winners are genuine pioneers and innovators who are making a real difference to our environment, economy and society – and there is no better way to recognise them than in front of more than 1,200 of their peers.

“The awards are all about celebrating the best of Scotland’s green energy industry. So many parts of that industry are reflected in this year’s roll call of winners, from community projects like the Barra and Vatersay turbine and brilliant business successes like Natural Power and MacArthur Green to outstanding pieces of technical innovation like the FloWave test tank, to mention but a few.

“The event goes from strength to strength and is a testament to the commitment of those who work in the industry.”

Norma Hogan, Senior Development Manager – Energy at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “The Green Energy Awards are a highlight of the renewables calendar, giving national recognition to some of the most ambitious, innovative and groundbreaking projects, companies and people working in Scotland today.

"Wind Towers (Scotland) and the community leading Barra and Vatersay Wind Energy Ltd are testament to the passion and ingenuity which can be found in the renewables industry across the Highlands and Islands. Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to our region and country continuing to lead the way in the development of green technology.”

Christian Egal, CEO of sponsors EDF Energy Renewables, said: "These awards are a perfect showcase for the passion and ingenuity that is delivering renewable projects not only in Scotland, but much further afield.

"Scottish Renewables members are now taking their expertise to every corner of the globe, and we were pleased to be part of highlighting the talent and know-how that the Green Energy Awards rightly celebrate."

  • The full list of winners – with a brief explanation of what wowed the judges:
  • Best Community Project Award - The Barra and Vatersay Community Wind Energy Project: the first in the world to use a beach landing to deliver turbine parts, this turbine is now generating electricity for the local economy after a determined effort by locals who realised its potential.
  • Best Innovation Award - FloWave TT Ltd for the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility: a world-class wave and tidal device testing facility in Scotland’s capital city.
  • Best Photography Award - John Linton, Linton Pix: an image of the Cathkin Braes wind turbine and Commonwealth Games mountain bike track near Glasgow.
  • Best Supplier Award - Wind Towers (Scotland): Machrihanish-based turbine tower manufacturer bringing jobs and investment to Argyll, described as “a crucial part of the supply chain” by judges.
  • Business Growth Award - Natural Power: Dumfriesshire consultancy which opened new 100-employee offices in Stirling in January 2014 and boasted 46% revenue growth between 2012 and 2014, with similar projections planned for 2014-16.
  • Champion of Renewables Award - Lang Banks, Director, WWF Scotland: prolific and passionate advocate of renewable energy as a way to mitigate climate change. Member of Scottish Twitterati.
  • Contribution to Skills Award - Mines Rescue Wind Turbine Training Facility: the launch of this new purpose-built working-at-height facility in Crossgates, Fife, stemmed from the growing importance of creating a fit-for-purpose future renewables workforce.
  • Engineering Excellence Award - Xi Engineering Consultants for the Eskdalemuir Working Group: work which opened up 1GW of new capacity for onshore wind in south Scotland by examining the effect of turbines on the Seismic Monitoring Station at Eskdalemuir.
  • Export Award - Gaia-Wind Ltd: a Glasgow small wind turbine manufacturer with machines now operating in Australia, Israel, the USA and France. Export sales accounted for more than 60% of all deliveries in 2014.
  • Renewing Scotland Award - Biomass combined heat and power plant at Tullis Russell, Fife: the combined heat and power plant at employee-owned premium paper and cartonboard producer Tullis Russell is the largest of its type in the UK and will make a major contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy targets, as well as safeguarding 500 jobs at the Glenrothes site.
  • Rising Star Award - Robbie Macdonald, Nautricity: Robbie has "consistently risen to the challenges that have been presented to him" during the development of Nautricity's CoRMaT tidal turbine, and displayed "great maturity in finding solutions to problems that are often outside his field of specialisation", according to his employer.
  • Sustainable Development Award - ScotAsh: a joint venture between Lafarge Tarmac and ScottishPower, ScotAsh produces low-carbon cement products containing re-engineered pulverised fuel ash that have helped to reduce the carbon footprint of renewable energy projects across Scotland.
  • Outstanding Contribution Award - Harry Malyon: began his renewables career in 1992/3 and worked with planning groups to produce early wind industry guidance. Harry was one of the first six members of Scottish Renewables and chaired the organisation’s planning group for eight years. A true unsung hero.
  • Judges Award - MacArthur Green: the ecological and ornithological consultancy grew its profits by 200% in the 12 months from January 2012 and has expanded its remit from onshore and marine renewables into offshore, solar and hydro.

 

 


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