The annual awards, organised by Scottish Renewables, celebrates the achievements of a wide range of companies and individuals involved in the Renewable Energy Sector.
First into the winners’ enclosure from the region was Point and Sandwick Power from the Isle of Lewis which received the award for the Best Community Project. The Beinn Ghrideag Wind Farm is the largest 100% community-owned energy scheme in the UK with 9MW installed.
Joining them were two Orkney businesses which the judges decided should be equally rewarded for their work. The award for best supplier was jointly won by Green Marine and Leask Marine Ltd. Both companies have taken an innovative approach to supporting marine energy developments, demonstrated by their ability to deploy vessels which can cope with complex projects in testing environments.
And it was a photograph captured in the Highland capital which won the best photography category with a stunning but abstract image taken by Eddie Boyd of wind turbines at the Port of Inverness.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) sponsors the Outstanding Contribution Award. This year, the award was given to Allan MacAskill whose career began at the BP group, moving on to join Talisman. Mr MacAskill conceived and developed the Beatrice offshore wind demonstrator project. He was also part of the team which set up the company, SeaEnergy Renewables, prior to establishing his own consultancy.
HIE was also honoured for its work in the renewable energy sector. The Judges award was given to the agency as recognition of the wide ranging work carried out across the sector since its inception in 1965 and which has included leading on the establishment of EMEC and, in the last year, the setting up of Wave Energy Scotland and support for key developments like the world’s largest tidal stream project, MeyGen.
Receiving the award on the behalf of HIE, Calum Davidson, Director of Energy and Low Carbon commented: "We are immensely proud to receive this award, in what is HIE’s 50th anniversary year. The renewable energy sector is a diverse, fascinating but challenging area to work in. We are full of admiration for businesses which repeatedly take risks in developing innovative technology as they seek to find solutions to support the generation of power from renewable energy.
"The sector is not for the faint hearted but one which HIE is committed to as it continues on its incredible journey. But, as demonstrated by all the nominees and winners of the Scottish Green Energy Awards, the real celebration has to be focussed on the strength and diversity of everyone working in the renewable energy sector. We congratulate all the nominees and winners involved in the Scottish Green Energy Awards and look forward to working with many of them in 2016.
Commenting on the success of businesses from the Highlands and Islands, Niall Stuart, CEO of Scottish Renewables said:
Scotland’s Highlands and Islands have played a special part in the development of renewable energy in the UK, so it’s no surprise to see a large number of projects, people and photos from the region represented in the list of 2015 Green Energy Awards winners.
“Our congratulations in particular to Orkney, which is home to two supply chain companies who were jointly awarded the Best Supplier Award for their work with the Energy Islands’ wave and tidal industry, and to Point and Sandwick Trust for their impressive work on the UK’s largest community wind farm on the Isle of Lewis.”