Cornwall Council 2015 winner: most proactive public sector body, sponsored by Ashfords

Cornwall Council's Future Economy Programme provides funding and support to help unlock the value of the sustainable energy sector for Cornwall. It has delivered: over 600 MW of sustainable energy, funding for 19 community energy groups, the UK's first comprehensive local planning framework for community energy projects, 3,000 home retrofits, over £10 million in community benefits, and £500,000 in savings for residents through collective switching.


Andrew Garrad 2015 winner: south west sustainable energy champion, sponsored by the Crown Estate

Dr Andrew Garrad is nominated in the category of Sustainable Energy Champion for his complete and unwavering support for the renewable energy sector over the past 30 years. In 1984, Andrew co-founded the Bristol based consultancy firm, Garrad Hassan which became the largest renewable energy consultancy in the world and twice won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise.


SunGift Energy 2015 winner: supplier or installer of the year

SunGift has demonstrated high-quality service in 2014/2015, putting customer satisfaction before profit; growing their domestic and commercial business. Sungift Energy also went on to win the 2014 Solar Power Portal UK Installer of the Year and have seen a 547 per cent increase in turnover for commercial sales on the same 12 month period last year.


Energy Local Limited 2015 winner: best business innovation

Social enterprise Energy Local will transform, bottom up, the electricity market for communities and small-scale renewables in the south west and UK. They aim to do this by allowing communities to pool their generation, rather than selling it at a loss to a supplier and through the benefits from Time of Use Tariffs.


TRESOC 2015 winner: best community initiative, sponsored by SSEPD

TRESOC initiated the Shine Project with South Devon Rural Housing Association (SDRHA) and Beco Energy Solutions. The goal is to put as much solar PV as is feasible on social housing roofs in and around Totnes; to provide power to local households, reduce their electricity bills and open up the conversation about the real need for and benefits of clean energy.


Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy 2015 winner: best renewable energy scheme, sponsored by Naturesave

Braydon Manor Solar Farm is a community led project with a projected annual output of just under 5 MW – enough to provide energy for about 1,400 homes, saving 2,500 tonnes of carbon. The site is grade four grassland and over the 25 years of the project they plan to turn it into a wildflower meadow to act as a biodiversity bank within the designated Braydon Forest Project.


DCH (Devon & Cornwall Housing Ltd.) 2015 winner: best energy efficiency scheme

DCH initiated a project under the Ready for Retrofit programme. The project targeted some of the least energy efficient homes in rural locations of Devon for heating system improvements. The project has resulted in reduced running costs for the residents of the homes, together with significantly reduced CO2 emissions.