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SSE Renewables thanks the firms that keep the Highland green energy sector successful by backing new awards category

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SSE Renewables owns nearly 2GW of operational onshore wind.
SSE Renewables owns nearly 2GW of operational onshore wind.

Now in their third year, the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards continue to evolve with the addition of new categories reflecting the achievements and importance of the green energy sector across the north of Scotland.

One of the new awards – which bring the total number of categories this year up to 10 – is for the best supplier to onshore renewables, in recognition of the businesses which keep the growing onshore energy sector running.

This award will be presented to the best supplier or supporter to any form of onshore renewables, be that wind, hydro, solar or renewable heat projects. This award covers the full range of services and supplies provided to the onshore renewables sector, from engineering and maintenance, to environmental consultants.

Sponsoring this award is SSE Renewables, the leading owner, operator and developer of onshore wind farms across the UK and Ireland with nearly 2GW of operational onshore wind capacity and a further 1GW under development across the British Isles.

SSE Renewables stakeholder engagement manager Jade O’Hara said: “SSE Renewables are committed to delivering sustainable local supply chains that create jobs, reskill workforce for a low carbon future, and maximise economic benefits both regionally and nationally.

“This award recognises the diversity of onshore suppliers, the contribution they make to the Highlands and Islands renewables sector and our move towards a more sustainable future.

“Together with our valued supply chain, we can accelerate Scotland’s net zero goals, while helping transition workers from high carbon sectors to new green jobs – for us, this is an integral part of the Just Transition.”

To qualify for the award, suppliers should provide evidence – ideally with testimonials and case studies – to show why they should be considered and how they have made a significant contribution to the projects they support.

The winner will be announced in a live virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, June 23.

Once again, the awards will follow the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC), which will continue in the online format the conference adopted last year to enable it to reach as wide a potential audience as possible.

Participants will include leading industry figures, developers, policy-makers and academics, with topics covered including the infrastructure investment needed to secure the Highlands and Islands’ world leading place in the renewables sector, skills and collaboration, and the importance of environmental and social issues.

Both events are supported by leading Scottish law firm Harper Macleod, which founded SHREC in 2010, and Highland News and Media, publisher of the Executive and 18 newspaper titles across the Highlands and north-east Scotland.

Registration for the awards closes on April 29. To find out more about the entry requirements, register to attend or explore sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hnmedia.co.uk/renewable-energy-day/

To learn more about the SHREC conference, including how to register and keep updated on news about speakers, go to events.harpermacleod.co.uk

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