(pic: Calum Davidson's sons, Charlie, Magnus, and Hamish with Paul Wheelhouse, and HIE's energy team)
Organised by Scottish Renewables, the annual awards celebrate the achievements of a wide range of companies and individuals involved in the renewable energy sector.
From the Highlands and Islands, Lachlan McInnes from Inverness plumbing and energy firm McInnes Group won the Rising Star Award. The successful entrepreneur founded and runs the company which now employs 10 staff and four apprentices.
Joining him was the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and skills Development Scotland who won the Contribution to Skills Award for or their work on the Moray Offshore Renewables (MORL) project.
Two Judges' Awards were announced on the night. The first was won by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and SP Energy Networks for the Beauly to Denny Transmission Line which is operational in the region.
The second Judges' Award went to Nova Innovation – Shetland Tidal Array, which has developed the world’s first fully-operational, commercial grid-connected offshore tidal array in Shetland.
The Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) was this year given to Calum Davidson, who recently retired as director of energy and low carbon at HIE after 31 years’ service.
Calum said: “Having spent the last eight years of my career at HIE, as Director of Energy and Low Carbon, I could not be more thrilled to receive this award. I have always been passionate about the sector and feel immensely proud of what colleagues in HIE and across industry have achieved, particularly in the marine renewables sector.
“This year really has been exceptional, and I sincerely hope that the momentum being generated will continue to grow, and that Scotland even more firmly cements its world-leading position in offshore renewables.”
Charlotte Wright, HIE’s interim chief executive, added: “We are absolutely delighted for Calum to receive this award. He has demonstrated outstanding commitment, passion and enthusiasm for renewable energy in the Highlands and Islands over many years, and this recognition is richly deserved.
“Calum and his team have spearheaded efforts to capitalise on the region’s natural resources, skills base and infrastructure to keep Scotland at the forefront of the sector’s development internationally. This award is a fitting tribute to Calum’s dedication and leadership and he and his family have every reason to be proud today. We also congratulate all of our region’s winners as well as those shortlisted, in their fantastic achievements last night.”
Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “Once again the winners of the Scottish Green Energy Awards show the huge amount of creativity and determination within our sector.
“Each and every one is playing their part in the massive transformation that is underway in Scotland’s energy sector and wider economy.
“Since Scottish Renewables was founded 20 years ago our industry has evolved from being little known or understood to becoming the largest generator of electricity in the country.
“We have made great strides in research, innovation and deployment, and tonight the diversity and excitement of Scotland’s renewables sector is reflected in the winners of the 2016 Green Energy Awards."
Keith Brown MSP, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, addressed the audience ahead of the award ceremony.
Commenting afterwards, he said: “Scotland is already a world leader in renewable energy, with more than 55% of gross electricity consumption coming from renewable sources.
“It is essential that we continue this progress and I would like to congratulate the Green Energy Award winners for the ingenuity and determination they have shown in developing new products and approaches.
“Innovation of the kind showcased tonight is integral to our ambitions to decarbonise our energy system and as we prepare to publish our draft Energy Strategy – which will articulate our long term vision for energy in Scotland to 2050 – it is heartening to see such a strong field of winners.”