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Highlands and Islands switched on for success at the Scottish Green Energy Awards

05 December 2013

Now well established on the business calendar, the 12th annual Scottish Green Energy Awards have attracted a wide range of entries from businesses, all aspiring for recognition across the renewable energy sector in Scotland.

Eleven categories offer opportunities for businesses to shine and companies in the Highlands and Islands are well represented. The event, started by Scottish Renewables, is a showcase for the sector and will reward companies and people for their contributions to this vital industry.

The awards ceremony takes place at the National Museum of Scotland on Thursday (05 December)

Allt Dearg Community Wind Farm has two chances to bring home a Green Energy Award to Lochgilphead. It will compete in the Community Initiatives and Best Project categories. Orkney based Aquatera and Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd from Campbeltown are short listed in the Business Growth category. And two local MSPs, Fergus Ewing and Liam McArthur are vying for the Best Politician Award.

Other nominations from the Highlands and Islands include SSE Open4 Business Highlands and Islands Portal in the Contribution to Supply Chain Development category; Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and a joint nomination from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Western Isles Council, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council in the Public Sector Initiative category; Sporsnis Ness Community Facility from the Isle of Lewis is shortlisted in the Kerr MacGregor Memorial Award for Innovation in Solar Energy.

Calum Davidson, Director of Energy and Low Carbon at HIE said:

“The Highlands and Islands are leading the way in the renewable energy sector and the Scottish Green Awards celebrates the innovation of people and businesses across the industry. Once again our region is showing great expertise amongst the nominations tonight and this further demonstrates the strength in the sector here. Sustainability of this industry is at the forefront of economic development in the Highlands and Islands, providing high quality jobs and a positive future for energy resources.”

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:

“This year’s Green Energy Awards are our biggest ever, and with good reason. The strength of the industry in Scotland is reflected in the calibre of nominations, and the diversity of the shortlist shows how important the renewables sector is increasingly becoming in providing employment across the country.

“Around a thousand guests are joining us tonight (Thursday Dec 05), many of them deservedly from the Highlands and Islands, which as a region has some of the best-performing wind and hydro sites in the UK. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Edinburgh for a great event.”

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