Renewable energy company Eneco has been awarded the Sustainable Investment accolade at the Department for International Trade (DIT) Investment Awards for its 60 MW Moy wind farm near Inverness.
The Sustainable Investment accolade recognises Dutch businesses that have successfully invested in the UK in the previous 12 months.
In its submission, Eneco provided details of a significant 10-year deal with Mars Incorporated to supply 12 Mars UK sites with energy generated from the 20 turbine, 60 MW Moy Wind Farm that was commissioned in April 2016.
Judges for the awards paid tribute to the Eneco’s Citizen Business Model that ‘successfully achieved robust financial objectives in harmony with sustainable environmental, social and governance initiatives – predominantly in relation to its strong commitment to the local community.’
Eneco has had a UK presence since 2008 and operates in both solar and wind energy generation. Combined, it generates more than 200 MW of energy annually.
This win follows a successful 12 months for the Warwick-based sustainable energy company. Earlier this year, Eneco UK launched a partnership with Co-operative Energy that provided local householders with a 100% renewable energy tariff, generated from Moy Wind Farm.
Zoisa Walton, Eneco UK Director,said: “This award clearly demonstrates that much can be achieved in business if approached in a sustainable manner.
“At Eneco, we have always put residents at the heart of our UK developments and the results are clear to see. We have built a strong business case for this innovative approach – a strong brand with clear values impacts positively on the bottom line and I would like to commend the DIT for allowing us to showcase our success.
“We continue our commitment to the community beyond the construction phase with the launch of our domestic retail tariff in partnership with Co-operative Energy. Having an end user for the energy we generate is a new world for Eneco and I am delighted to be part of such an exciting and progressive company.”