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Scottish Green Energy Awards take on a hybrid look to cope with Covid restrictions

By Calum MacLeod

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Scottish Renewables chief executive Claire Mack.
Scottish Renewables chief executive Claire Mack.

THE countdown has begun to this year's Scottish Green Energy Awards – the UK’s largest celebration of renewables – with a call for nominations.

This year's event will take place in a hybrid format, with a socially-distanced physical awards ceremony and live-stream to comply with the latest government guidelines.

Nominations are open for 11 categories, with submissions welcome from all renewable energy technologies, from wind, hydro and solar to wave power, low-carbon heat and more.

Categories this year include best innovation, best community project and outstanding contribution. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 26, and will be hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield.

Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland’s renewable energy industry is playing a critical role in our fight against climate change.

“The Scottish Green Energy Awards gives us an opportunity to take a step back and celebrate the truly incredible work being done by our industry as we work towards net-zero.

“Every year I am inspired by the talent, passion and innovation showcased by those doing ground-breaking work which is driving real change as we work to decarbonise our energy system.”

The event, headline-sponsored by EDF Renewables, will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Last year's Judges Award went to te Moray Firth's Beatrice Offshore Windfarm.
Last year's Judges Award went to te Moray Firth's Beatrice Offshore Windfarm.

Nominations are now being accepted in the following categories:

  • Best community project;
  • Best engagement;
  • Best innovation;
  • Carbon reduction;
  • Champion of renewables;
  • Contribution to skills;
  • Outstanding contribution;
  • Outstanding project;
  • Outstanding service;
  • Positive improvement;
  • Sustainable development.
Social distancing rules mean this year's Scottish Green Energy Awards will be rather different from past years.
Social distancing rules mean this year's Scottish Green Energy Awards will be rather different from past years.

The shortlist for a final category, the young and inspiring award sponsored by WSP, consists of the eight winners of June’s 2020 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards.

They include Orkney-based project engineer Elsa Ramírez for her work in designing the world’s first submersible drilling rig of its kind and size; a hydrogen research engineer who’s exploring the future economic power of green hydrogen and a development officer who has facilitated the combined installation of 542kW of solar PV across Scotland’s communities.

Matthieu Hue, chief executive of EDF Renewables, the event’s headline sponsor, said: “This has been a most unusual and incredibly tough year for everyone but it has shown we have the ability to make important decisions quickly and to make positive changes. I believe together we need to build on these changes to make the green recovery a reality.

“This year’s awards will be different to others, but this industry is a resilient one and there will no doubt be the same number of incredible achievements to celebrate. We are proud to support as headline sponsors once more.”

Nominations for the 2020 Scottish Green Energy Awards must be made before the deadline of 5pm on Friday, September 4, at https://www.scottishrenewables.com/events/112-sgea20/categories.

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