The REA is delighted to reveal the winners of the prestigious British Renewable Energy Awards 2013.
REA Chief Executive Gaynor Hartnell said: “This is my favourite part of the job, showcasing how renewable energy is making the UK a richer country, with new jobs, investments, and innovations in technology and practice. The economic climate is challenging for renewables, just as with other sectors of the economy, which makes celebrating these trailblazing companies and their projects all the more important.”
Winner: Peter Fraenkel
For longstanding commitment to the promotion of not just tidal energy, but also solar, wind, hydro and biomass. Peter is currently progressing a radical new energy storage concept.
Community Award – Sponsored by Infinis
The Judges were particularly impressed by the skills and employment opportunities Repowering created for Brixton residents, and its role in bringing energy awareness to hundreds of social housing tenants.
Commended: Westmill Solar Farm
Winner: Good Energy
This Award acknowledges the marriage of bright ideas, a passion for renewables, and an unrelenting commitment to excellent customer service.
Winner: Oxford PV – Solar Glass
A technology with the potential to turn iconic glass buildings into powerhouses, with no compromise to building performance.
Commended: 3sun Group – RFID wind turbine health and safety inspection system
Ecohill is a family company with an impeccable customer service record, and a worthy winner.
Commended: Feed It Green
Winner: J V Energen
The Poundbury project was incredibly complex. J V Energen and partners had to overcome challenges which no company had encountered before, and showed tremendous leadership.
Pioneer Award – Sponsored by Blue & Green Tomorrow
Winner: Lancashire CountyPension Fund
This Award acknowledges LCPF’s bold move into infrastructure debt – hiring new staff along the way – and bucking the trend of conservatism.
Project Award – Sponsored by reNews
Winner: Solarcentury – BlackfriarsBridge
The Judges recognise the truly iconic status of this world-famous project, which has done much to raise the profile of the UK as a destination for renewables investment.
Commended: Clearfleau – Dailuaine AD plant
Skills Development Award
The Judges applaud NatWest for training up their staff in response to the growing demand for renewables funding, when there are many other more established sectors equally hungry for credit.
REA Judges’ Award
Winner: Andrew Garrad
Andrew founded what has become the world’s largest wind energy consultancy Garrad Hassan, which last year became the Renewables Division of Germanischer Lloyd Group (GL GH), employing 1,000 staff worldwide, a quarter of these in the UK. Andrew is now the Chairman of GL GH, and also the President of the European Wind Energy Association.
REA Chairman Martin Wright said: “GL Garrad Hassan is a household name in the world of renewables, in no small measure because of the entrepreneurial drive of Andrew Garrad. He is a giant in the industry and many renewables projects would not have gone ahead were it not for the diligent and rigorous consultancy work provided by Andrew and his team.”
The REA revealed its new Chief Executive last night, who will take over from Gaynor Hartnell on 29th July. The Office of the Prince of Wales and The Duchy of Cornwall were also presented with the UK’s first Green Gas Certificates.