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Highlands and Islands celebrations at renewables industry awards

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).

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."

 

 

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