Exeter and East Devon Growth Point 2012 winner: most proactive public sector body

Devon County, East Devon District, and Exeter City Councils came together in 2007 through the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point to support the delivery of a major development programme. At the heart of this development is a biomass energy centre and district heating network to serve the new Cranbrook community. In conjunction with E.On, this network will ultimately extend to 75 km and will serve both homes and commercial space. The judges noted that it is a major development that proves that zero carbon is achievable, demonstrates new commercial arrangements and shows what district authorities can deliver.

 

Steve Edmunds 2012 winner: south west sustainable energy champion, sponsored by Rudge Renewables

In 2007 Steve presented to the rest of the board of Mole Valley Farmers with his conviction that renewable energy could become very important to the rural economy and environment. Steve then spent two years of his own time researching, understanding and assessing the various technologies that would benefit the rural economy and environment. The judges were particularly impressed by Steve’s practical approach of showing what works. He has shown immense ingenuity in supporting farming and the rural landscape by securing another substantial income for farmers across the region.

 

Solarsense 2012 winner: supplier or installer of the year, sponsored by YouGen

Solarsense is a leading renewable energy company in the south west. Recent installations have included Bristol Zoo, the Glastonbury Festival site and At-Bristol. Solarsense has also recruited an additional 20 staff. It has grown consistently over the years, supports community projects and charity work and, perhaps most importantly, has shown in the way it has navigated the changes to the Feed-in-Tariff that it looks like a business that will cope in world without subsidies.

 

FaB Test 2012 winner: best business innovation, sponsored by EcoBuild

FaB Test is a nursery wave energy test facility, situated within Falmouth harbour. The scheme enables wave energy device developers to test components, concepts or full scale renewable energy devices. It is an important step forward for the south west marine renewables sector.

 

Bath and West Community Energy 2012 winner: best community initiative, sponsored by The Landmark Practice

Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE) is a Community Benefit Society. In 2011 it raised £722,000 from nearly 200 people and established a loan facility with Scottish and Southern Energy of £1 million. They installed a 362 kW solar PV array and delivered energy efficiency projects in local schools. Over the next 3-4 years they aim to increase their installed renewables capacity to 5 MW.

 

Langage Farm 2012 winner: best renewable energy scheme, sponsored by The Crown Estate

In 2011 Langage Farm and Dairy Produce factory integrated an anaerobic digester into its operations. The plant now provides enough heat and energy to run both the farm and the dairy produce factory, while dealing with waste produced from the plant. The bio-fertiliser output is then applied to the farmland that grows the grass, which the cows eat and use to produce milk. This is then used to make dairy products.