Green Spirit Fuels, Somerset Winner 2006: Best Business Innovation

Green Spirit Fuels (GSF) was established in June 2005 as a bioethanol development company to build and operate plants across the UK with target production of 700,000 tonnes per annum by 2012. The company’s first plant and the first UK pure-play bioethanol plant, Wessex Biofuels, will be located in Somerset. The plant has planning permission and is expected to come into production by spring 2008.


Carnyorth Outdoor Education Centre, Cornwall Winner 2006: Best Community Scheme

Carnyorth is a residential outdoor pursuits centre and three campsites incorporating solar hot water panels, solar PV tiles, energy education initiatives and energy efficiency measures. Children will benefit from solar showers and have the opportunity to take part in energy education initiatives: an interactive solar sculpture and display, a pedal powered cinema, scrapheap solar showers, a wind powered merry go round and wind powered bubble machine. 1062 students passed through the centre in 2005.


Blaise Nursery Boiler, Bristol City Council Winner 2006: Best Renewable Energy Scheme

Bristol City Council has commissioned a 400 kW biomass boiler to provide heat to a series of nurseries at the Blaise Nursery site. The boiler is the first of its kind in Bristol. The council has also built a wood fuel depot next to the boiler where aboricultural arisings can be stored for the nursery boiler and other future wood heating boilers around the city.


Carrick Housing Association, Cornwall Winner 2006: Best Home Installation

Carrick Housing Association is retro-fitting individual ground source heat pumps to a number of its properties in different locations. To date it has ordered approximately 130 systems. Another 70 are to be installed by the end of this financial year. Six Air Source Heat Pumps have been installed to evaluate the technology for possible use on a larger scale. Both types of system are being monitored to provide actual data for retro-fit applications.


Councillor Paul Buchanan - Somerset County Council Winner 2006: Best Politician

As Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, Paul Buchanan has demonstrated determined leadership in implementing the council's ambitious Renewable Energy Strategy, supporting the attainment of local renewable electricity generation targets and the deployment of renewable heat and transport fuel technologies.