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Will you be putting forward your solar energy project for an award?
Will you be putting forward your solar energy project for an award?

Businesses are being urged to get their entries in for this year’s Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards ahead of the deadline on May 20.

There are 10 awards in the annual event which celebrates the very best of the region's green energy sector in a virtual event on Thursday, June 23.

Two of the awards recognise the contribution made to the off-shore and on-shore renewable energy industries. For entries to the on-shore category, judges are looking for an outstanding project whether that be wind, hydro, solar or renewable heat, that has contributed the most towards the development of the region's renewable energy sector and natural capital.

The winner will have demonstrated the most benefit to the sector – be it economic, environmental or social– and will have showcased the Highlands and Islands as being a world capital for the development of renewables. Scale is not the crucial factor, but the ambition, success and impact of the project.

For the off-shore category, projects could involve off-shore wind, wave, tidal or marine research for renewables. For both awards projects must have started within the last 24 months.

Wave and tidal energy are among the projects that are eligible.
Wave and tidal energy are among the projects that are eligible.

Remember to include evidence with your submissions and key statistics where available such as job creation, energy production and capacity.

The winners will be announced at the online awards ceremony which begins at 6.30pm.

To enter the awards visit www.hnmedia.co.uk/ renewable-energy-day

The awards follow the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC), which brings together specialists from the worlds of business, politics and academia to look at the challenges and opportunities the drive towards a net zero future will mean for our region.

SHREC 2022 takes the theme: The Time is Now, inspired in part by Glasgow hosting the UN climate crisis conference COP26.

The topics under discussion include a look back at the findings of COP26, how a just transition to a net zero economy can be achieved, and how well placed the Highlands and Islands are to deliver renewable energy solutions which can be exported to the rest of the world. Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Day has once again been made possible by the partnership of Executive publisher HNM and leading law firm Harper Macleod LLP.

As with the awards, the conference will take place in a virtual format, meaning that geography will be no barrier to those who want to attend or make a contribution. There will also be virtual networking opportunities.

To find out more information about the conference and to register to attend, visit Harper Macleod’s events page at https://events.harpermacleod.co.uk/events

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