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New Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Award celebrates the power of the deal

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The Port of Cromarty Firth’s strategic business development manager, Joanne Allday.
The Port of Cromarty Firth’s strategic business development manager, Joanne Allday.

For any renewable energy project to get from the idea stage to completion requires not just determination, skills and knowledge, but financial backing.

That is a reality which the Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy awards are recognising with a brand new category for 2022.

The best renewable transaction award will be presented to the transaction which best typifies the collective action required to achieve Scotland’s ambitious net zero targets.

This could be a deal which helped create new jobs, helped a business enter new markets, allowed the development of a product or service or has helped enhance the region’s natural capital.

According to the award judges: “It certainly doesn’t have to be the biggest deal to have completed in the last year, but the winning entry will be able to show teamwork and innovation while considering the environmental and social impact on the community and/or key stakeholders.”

Submissions will be accepted from any member of the transaction team, whether a buyer or seller, professional advisor or funder.

The award is sponsored by the Port of Cromarty Firth.

Joanne Allday, the port’s strategy and business development manager, said: “As a national strategic asset and key site for the renewable energy industry, Port of Cromarty Firth is proud to support the Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards 2022.

“The port has chosen to sponsor the best renewable transaction of the year award for the first time recognising the importance of collaboration and sustainability as key drivers behind the growth of this vital industry leading to increased innovation and potential job creation opportunities across the Highlands.”

Submissions will be accepted until May 20 and details of how to enter the renewable transaction award and any of the other categories at the Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards online at www.hnmedia.co.uk/renewable-energy-day

The website also contains information on how to register to attend the virtual awards ceremony and opportunities to sponsor the remaining categories.

The energy awards, which begin at 6.30pm and will be hosted by broadcaster, coach and Highland News & Media (HNM) columnist Nicky Marr, is just one element of Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Day, which takes place on Thursday, June 23, and is presented by HNM and leading Scottish law firm Harper Macleod.

Earlier in the day, the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) will return, running from noon until approximately 3.40pm.

Both the Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards and SHREC will be held in an online format, allowing anyone interested in the awards or the future of the renewable energy sector in the Highlands and Islands to attend, wherever they are logging in from in the world.

However, attendees will still be able to connect and network online, just as they would expect to do at a physical conference, and be able to participate in a live question and answer session.

To register for SHREC and to learn more about the speakers and conference agenda as details are released, please go to https://events.harpermacleod.co.uk/

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