WWF Scotland Director Lang Banks has been named 2014 Champion of Renewables at this year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards.
Onshore wind stalwart Harry Malyon – a director at Glasgow wind farm development company Coriolis Energy and who began his career as a forester – was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution Award for more than 20 years as a renewable energy leader.
The first ever Rising Star Award was handed to Robbie Macdonald of tidal turbine developer Nautricity, whose managers credit the success of their testing programme to the 26-year-old’s “hard work, original thought and drive”. Other winners included:
Best Community Project Award
Barra and Vatersay Community Wind Energy Project: the first in the world to use a beach landing to deliver turbine parts, this turbine is now generating electricity for the local economy after a determined effort by locals who realised its potential.
Best Innovation Award
FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility: a world-class wave and tidal device testing facility in Scotland’s capital city.
Best Supplier Award
Wind Towers (Scotland): Machrihanish-based turbine tower manufacturer bringing jobs and investment to Argyll.
Business Growth Award
Natural Power: Dumfries-shire consultancy which opened new 100-employee offices in Stirling in January 2014 and boasted 46% revenue growth between 2012 and 2014, with similar projections planned for 2014-16.
Contribution to Skills Award
Mines Rescue Wind Turbine Training Facility: the launch of this new purpose-built working-at-height facility in Crossgates, Fife, stemmed from the growing importance of creating a fit-for-purpose future renewables workforce.
Engineering Excellence Award
Xi Engineering Consultants for the Eskdalemuir Working Group: work which opened up 1GW of new capacity for onshore wind in south Scotland by examining the effect of turbines on the Seismic Monitoring Station at Eskdalemuir.
Gaia-Wind Ltd: a Glasgow small wind turbine manufacturer with machines now operating in Australia, Israel, the USA and France. Export sales accounted for more than 60% of all deliveries in 2014.
Renewing Scotland Award
Biomass combined heat and power plant at Tullis Russell, Fife: the combined heat and power plant at employee-owned premium paper and cartonboard producer Tullis Russell is the largest of its type in the UK and will make a major contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy targets, as well as safeguarding 500 jobs at the Glenrothes site.
Sustainable Development Award
ScotAsh – a joint venture between Lafarge Tarmac and ScottishPower, ScotAsh produces low-carbon cement products containing re-engineered pulverised fuel ash that have helped to reduce the carbon footprint of renewable energy projects across Scotland.
MacArthur Green: the ecological and ornithological consultancy grew its profits by 200% in the 12 months from January 2012 and has expanded its remit from onshore and marine renewables into offshore, solar and hydro.