Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm wins at Scottish Green Energy Awards
Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm has been handed a top award by Scotland’s renewable energy industry.
The 588MW, £2.6 billion wind farm was shortlisted three times for its engagement with local communities; its innovative installation techniques and for its world-leading safety standards.
The Scottish Green Energy Awards, which took place in Edinburgh last week, saw winners in 12 categories receive trophies recognising their work in the sector, which employs 17,700 people.
- Balfour Beatty, Dundee City Council and ESB scooped the Carbon Reduction Award for the Caird Park Low Carbon District Energy Hub – a hybrid ground source heat pump, powered by a mix of renewables which supplies a district heating network to warm a large proportion of Dundee’s social housing.
- Pict Offshore took home the Best Innovation Award for its transformative Get up Safe system, which provides ladder-free access to offshore wind turbines, increasing accessibility and significantly reducing costs.
- Aberdeen City Council was recognised for its commitment to reducing carbon emissions, through developing the city’s hydrogen transport economy and supply chain, taking home the Sustainable Development Award.
The winners were selected by a panel of 12 judges from a shortlist of 44.
Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “Once again, the Scottish Green Energy Awards showcase the truly incredible innovation, drive and passion of those working within our industry.
“The diverse range of projects shortlisted tonight highlights the phenomenal skillset of our industry – one which continues to push the boundaries of innovation, maintaining Scotland’s place as a world leader in renewable energy.
“The commitment, knowledge and hard work of those within the industry is making a significant positive impact on Scotland’s economy as we continue to mitigate carbon emissions and work towards achieving net zero by 2045.
“The Scottish Green Energy Awards is the perfect place to come together to celebrate the achievements of our industry and the inspirational people and organisations within it. My congratulations go to all nominees, and of course the winners.”
The 2019 Scottish Green Energy Awards was headline-sponsored by EDF Renewables.
EDF Renewables’ CEO Matthieu Hue said: “This year’s awards have been the biggest and best we have seen so far and I would like to congratulate all the very worthy winners of the awards. It is clear to me that together as an industry we are a force for good, working as hard as we can to decarbonise our sector.
“We focus on building great projects as well as making the most of existing renewables and are always looking at new and better ways to make a difference.”
The full list of winners is:
- Young and Inspiring Award, sponsored by WSP: Ethan Glencross, Renewable Parts
- Best Practice Award, sponsored by Natural Power: Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks for Biodiversity Net Gain Approach and Site Optioneering Toolkit
- Best Engagement Award, sponsored by Xodus Group: Fife Council for Glenrothes Energy Network
- Best Innovation Award, sponsored by Red Rock Power Limited: Pict Offshore for the Get up Safe system
- Contribution to Skills Award, sponsored by Scottish Government (Scottish National Investment Bank): ESP for Wind and Marine Training Network
- Sustainable Development Award, sponsored by ABB: Aberdeen City Council for hydrogen strategy
- Champion of Renewables Award, sponsored by National Grid ESO: Dave Pearson, Star Renewable Energy
- Best Community Project Award, sponsored by SSE Renewables: Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Limited for The CREE Project, Isle of Canna
- Carbon Reduction Award, sponsored by SmartestEnergy: Balfour Beatty, Dundee City Council and ESB for Caird Park Low Carbon District Energy Hub
- Outstanding Service Award, sponsored by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group: Green Marine
- Outstanding Project Award, sponsored by innogy Renewables UK Ltd: SP Energy Networks for Green Economy Fund
- Judges Award: Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm
- Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise: Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Scottish Government