Shortlist announced
Today marks the announcement of the prestigious Green Energy Awards shortlist. The 14th annual awards ceremony will honour the innovation, dedication and creative ingenuity enabling the transformation to clean, smart and flexible energy.
 
The shortlisted nominees (below) will now go through to the final stage of judging, where an expert panel of judges will select this year’s winners. The winners of each category will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Bath’s historic Assembly Rooms on 28 November 2017.
 
Merlin Hyman, chief executive of Regen, said: “We received an impressive amount and quality of nominations which made shortlisting very difficult. The shortlist chosen showcases the great projects and inspiring individuals leading an energy revolution. The awards evening will be a fantastic celebration of all the hard work being carried out by the sector.”
 
The judging panel comprises of:

  • Ashley Ibbett, director of clean electricity, BEIS
  • Cathy McClay, head of commercial electricity in the system operator, National Grid
  • Steve Atkins,  DSO transition manager, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
  • Phil Bazin, environment team manager, Triodos Bank
  • Sue Barr, environment and external affairs manager, OpenHydro
  • Lord Robin Teverson
MOST PROACTIVE PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANISATION
SPONSORED BY PELL FRISCHMANN

 
Nottingham City Council
The Energy Services Team at Nottingham City Council is dedicated to supporting the green agenda and uses a range of technical and behavioural solutions to drive down energy usage in high-demand areas. They have seen over 20,000 homes benefiting from energy efficiency schemes, whilst using a fuel poverty index to prioritise neighbourhoods. This includes 4,000 social houses with solar PV.
 
Cambridgeshire County Council
Cambridgeshire County Council is committed to reducing energy consumption and use its assets to generate renewable energy. The council established a Local Energy Investment Fund and has committed £9.5 million for energy measures into 41 schools and seven corporate buildings including biomass boilers, solar PV, building management systems, lighting upgrades, insulation and controls.
 
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has committed to improve its ageing energy infrastructure and help meet its environmental sustainability objectives by entering into a 15 year partnership with ENGIE. The partnership will reduce the output of carbon across the Trust’s three hospital sites by 32 percent (4,249 tonnes a year), meeting the statutory 2020 carbon targets.




BEST SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SCHEME
SPONSORED BY NATURESAVE

 
Shotwick Solar Farm, Foresight Group
Shotwick Farm is the UK’s largest solar park with a 72 MW peak capacity and a 50 MW AC export capacity, constructed at a 220-acre site adjacent to Shotton Paper Mill in North Wales. The farm enables the paper mill to function at up to 100 percent green energy operation during daylight hours, saving up to 22,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.
 
Camborne Energy Storage
Camborne Energy Storage has developed and commissioned the first grid-scale Tesla Powerpacks in Europe. These are co-located at a solar farm where they have improved the efficiency of the solar PV plant by ensuring that renewable electricity is not wasted and allow electricity to be taken in via the distribution network when there is an oversupply at a national level.
 
Castle Drogo Renewables Project
Castle Drogo hydro-electric scheme, owned by the National Trust, has recently undergone an overhaul, reinstating the hydropower plant. This delivers 224 MWh of renewable electricity a year, which powers a biomass plant via a virtual private wire. The integration of the two delivers 304 MWh of heat a year to the Castle and visitor reception saving an estimated 217 tonnes of carbon a year.

Awel Co-op
Awel Co-op commissioned its wind farm in January 2017, generating more than 5 GW. The Co-op has raised over £2.4 million from a community share offer, and is looking to raise £3 million to allow the project to be owned by as many people and organisations in Wales as possible. Profits will be used to tackle fuel poverty and develop innovative, renewable energy projects.
 
The Owen Square Community Energy Scheme
The Owen Square Community Energy scheme began in 2014 as a non-profit local energy supply company in Easton, in collaboration between Easton Community Centre, Easton Energy Group and community microgrid developer Clean Energy Prospector. In 2017, it delivered 28.3 MWh of clean, renewable electric heat at a variable cost of 2.82p/ kWh to the first customers.




SUSTAINABLE ENERGY INSTALLER OF THE YEAR
 
Naked Solar Ltd
Naked Solar has installed more than 170 solar PV projects in the past 12 months and have shown clear commitment to their customers, dedicating time to re-educating them on the benefits of solar PV and helping them weather the storm imposed by the reduction of the Feed-In-Tariff.
 
Solar South West
Over the past 8 years, Solar South West have become experts in installing, maintaining and optimising solar power technologies, providing complete design, installation and O&M services for a range of sustainable solutions. Since January 2017, they have installed approximately 350 kWp of solar PV, and 40.5 kWh of storage capacity, generating 315,000 kWh and savings of 165,000 kg of CO2 a year.

MyPower
In the past 12 months, MyPower installed 11 roof mounted solar PV systems totalling 583 kW, with their most prestigious installation being a project to install 150 PV panels onto Gloucester Cathedral, a 1000-year-old Grade one listed building.  The panels generate 27,500 kWh of electricity/ year saving £190,000 over 25 years and 16 tonnes of CO2 a year.
 
Forest Fuels
Forest fuels has the desire to help the biomass industry compete against fossil fuels and has continued its dramatic growth as a company. Year-on-year, Forest Fuels has saved more than 29 million kg of CO2 and supplied more than 167 million kWh of renewable heat. With such dedication, their customer base has grown from 2,400 to 3,500 within the year.

SunGift Energy
In the past 12 months SunGift has maintained and improved high standards of workmanship, research, design, integration and installation, and as a result has seen growth across the business. SunGift has continually responded to technology improvements and policy changes, focussing development time on integrating battery storage technologies and LED lighting into installations.




SOUTH WEST SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CHAMPION
SPONSORED BY BSR CONNECT

 
Harry Lopes
Harry Lopes’ passion for clean electricity generation led him to found Solstice Renewables in 2012. Solstice is at the vanguard of solar development and has introduced the UK’s first split ownership community/ commercial project and community development with Lancashire Wildlife Trust. It developed 13 solar farms with a total capacity of 118 MW (40 MW in the south west), enough to power over 35,000 typical homes.
 
Pete West
Pete West has been instrumental in the establishment of Dorset Community Energy, a not-for-profit community benefit society, set up in August 2013. By 2015, the society had raised £488,000 of local community investment from 150 mainly local shareholders, to finance 12 solar PV installations on schools and four PV installations on community buildings of a total installed capacity of 420 kW.
 
Gabriel Wondrausch
Starting from nothing, Gabriel has built SunGift into a thriving and successful business delivering solar PV, energy storage and LED lighting installations. Through this, he has delivered many ground-breaking projects such as the first installation of solar car ports on multi-storey car parks and has developed relationships with some of the most technologically advanced companies in the world.
 
Dave Tudgey
Dave has been a passionate proponent of community energy in Bristol for many years, starting as a founder of the Easton Energy Group in 2009. He has been fundamental in the development of ground-breaking projects for the Easton Energy Group including Owen Square Community solar and heat pump system, and the solar micro-grid ‘Twos Project’. He has since gone on to become a founding director of Bristol Energy Network.
 
Juliet Davenport
Juliet Davenport OBE founded Good Energy in 1999, the first UK company to offer 100 percent renewable electricity. The company works with over 1,400 independent renewable generators to enable the generation of their own green power before Feed-In-Tariffs. She has appeared before Parliamentary inquiries, sat on Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Advisory Group, and joined a working group on decentralised energy established by the Climate Change Minister.

Alistair Macpherson
Alistair has lead the development of a fast-growing community energy organisation and demonstrated what can be achieved when local authorities form partnerships with community energy groups. He has balanced the organisation’s focus between significant renewable generation deployment and high-impact fuel poverty services. Since 2014, he has worked hard running three community shares schemes for rooftop and ground-mounted solar in Plymouth.
 
Katie Reville
Katie is vice-chair of South Dartmoor Community Energy, is on the Cosy Devon board, was part of a recent delegation to the European Parliament and is part of a project seeking a grant from the Warm Home Discount. She organised a bond issue to finance a local 5 MW solar project alongside Bath & West Community Energy and has secured £36,000 in funding for local community energy.




BEST BUSINESS INNOVATION
SPONSORED BY SCOTTISH AND SOUTHERN ENERGY NETWORKS

 
Powervault
Powervault has developed a first-of-a-kind ‘second life’ battery pack (SLB) by repurposing used lithium-ion cells from Renault and Nissan electric vehicles. Powervault units using SLBs are 30 percent cheaper to produce than the ‘first life’ product and are an efficient use of resources, extracting more than 3,500 cycles of productive use from a resource that would otherwise be discarded.
 
DPS Process Solutions Limited
DPS is a small-scale pyrolysis unit targeted at onsite waste destruction, energy generation and product recovery. The result is reduced costs, reduced reliance on external fuel sources and reduced vehicle use.  It can generate renewable energy from every-day and specific waste streams and is used to augment recycling and recovery efforts.
 
Origami Energy Limited
Origami’s cloud-based Energy Flexibility Platform uses data from distributed energy resources (DER) to automatically forecast the amount of flexibility available. The platform facilitates the creation of a real-time marketplace for distributed energy and more efficient use of flexibility from a portfolio of DERs compared to current static operating strategies.
 
THRIVE Renewables
In 2016/2017 THRIVE Renewables raised a total of £13M for renewable energy projects through innovative online crowdfunding and was the first green energy bond offer to be available through the Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) via Abundance Investment and working with Triodos Bank’s corporate finance specialists. The funds are now being deployed into onshore wind and solar projects with the aim of generating a further 36,000 UK homes with clean electricity in 2018.

Sunamp
The Sunamp super-compact battery stores energy as heat and releases it on demand. They are life-cycle tested to over 25 years and contain non-toxic, sustainable and recyclable materials. Sunamp heat batteries have been installed in over 1,000 properties, replacing the need for hot water tanks and immersion heaters and delivering savings of up to 35 percent. The 5 kWh heat store uses free electricity from solar PV and releases the heat when needed.

Limejump
Limejump is a data-driven utility that has created an innovative Virtual Power Plant (VPP) to empower businesses to participate in a sustainable energy future. The VPP helps businesses to access lucrative Frequency Response contracts and increases the financial rewards for helping to balance the grid. Using technology to combine batteries with other assets to create a fully operational VPP makes Limejump the only business of its kind.




BEST COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
SPONSORED BY WALES AND WEST UTILITIES

 
Public Power Solutions Swindon Chapel Farm Solar Park
Swindon Chapel Farm Solar Park is the first community solar project funded directly through an Innovative Finance ISA, with council solar bonds issued by Abundance. It was developed by Public Power Solutions on a former landfill site. With a minimum investment of just £5, the bonds raised more than £2.4 million from over 800 investors within the local community and further afield.
 
Bristol Energy Network
Bristol Energy Network is a Community Interest Company driving community-led action on energy in and around Bristol. Through training and project development, networking and peer learning, their inclusive approach is helping to create a dynamic and diverse community energy scene in Bristol. The work has underpinned Bristol City Council’s Community Energy Fund, which has provided £146,000 funding for 27 local initiatives.
 
Bath and West Community Energy
Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE) has approximately 650 members and 400 bondholders and has distributed £115,000 of the community benefit funds to fund carbon reduction and fuel poverty projects. In addition, BWCE set-up Mongoose Energy, an enterprise specialising in the work of developing other community energy projects and supporting community energy societies across the UK.
 
Tamar Energy Community
Tamar Energy Community (TEC) has installed 320 kW of solar PV on six rooftops across the Tamar Valley, funded by the community and Cornwall Council’s Low Carbon Society. One of the solar hosts is Tesco Stores, which is understood to be their first community renewables project. TEC’s community space – Local Matters – enables ongoing energy advice drop-ins supported by a home visit service.