Community Energy Scotland wins major UK energy award
Community Energy Scotland
A small Highland-based social enterprise has won a major UK renewable energy industry award for its support to communities developing green energy projects. The British Renewable Energy Association Award 2009 was presented to Community Energy Scotland at a packed award ceremony in a top hotel in Knightsbridge, London. The British Renewable Energy Awards, now in its fourth year, were set up to honour achievements in the British renewable energy sector. Community Energy Scotland were awarded the Region Award 2009 for their success in encouraging take-up of renewable energy in communities across Scotland, as well as the dedication and exceptional efforts ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ of the Community Energy Scotland team. Community Energy Scotland have supported over 500 community energy projects across Scotland, which represents an expected energy saving of over 19.8 GWh, carbon savings of over 6200 tonnes and significant financial savings for the communities involved.
Nicholas Gubbins, Community Energy Scotland chief executive commented ‘We are delighted to have received this award, which is in recognition of the work we have done with people across Scotland who are working hard to develop their communities in a truly sustainable way. It is excellent that this joint effort has been recognised through this award’.
The British Renewable Energy Association is the largest renewable energy industry association in the UK and represents a wide variety of organisations, including generators, project developers, fuel and power suppliers, equipment producers and service providers. The award ceremony was hosted by the BBC journalist Sarah Mukherjee and guests were entertained by comedian Alistair McGown who is also a WWF-UK ambassador.
“The awards were conceived to recognise the unsung heroes of the renewable sector and Community Energy Scotland immediately caught the judge’s eye” said Philip Wolfe director general of British Renewable Energy Association who founded the awards. “It is clear that Community Energy Scotland’s approach in supporting communities is building confidence, encouraging wider use of renewables and so empowering local communities.”