30 November 2016

Last night (29 November), the south west's green energy industry gathered at a glittering awards' ceremony in Bath to celebrate the companies, projects and individuals at the forefront of the region's growing renewable energy industry.

More than 100 companies entered the thirteenth annual South West Green Energy Awards, organised by Regen SW.  But last night it was all about the finalists, as eight category winners were announced by awards' host Matt Harvey poet and writer.

The winners, which represent the very best examples of sustainable energy in the south west were:

Lead judge: Rebecca Pritchard, Triodos and Emma Bridge, Community Energy England  

Most Proactive Public Sector Organisation: Public Power Solutions Ltd                                                                                                      

Lead judge: Emma Pinchbeck, WWF                                                                                       

Best Renewable Energy Scheme:  Kensa Heat Pumps and Coastline Housing sponsored by Naturesave                                                        

Lead judge:  Mike Hudson, National Trust            

Sustainable Energy Installer of the Year: Glevum Heating                                                                                                                   

Lead judge:  James Heappey MP and Matthew Clear, The Crown Estate                               

South West Sustainable Energy Champion: Mareike Schmidt sponsored by The Crown Estate          

Lead judge:  Katrina Williams, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy   

Best Business Innovation:  Brackenburn Limited                                                                                                                                     

Lead judge:  Steve Atkins, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Elizabeth Corrado, Power to Change

Best Community Initiative:  Plymouth Energy Community sponsored by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Lead judge:   Lord Robin Teverson                                                                           

Best Energy Efficiency Building Scheme:  British Gas and Plymouth Community Homes                                                                           

Lead judge:  Miranda Housden, Institute of Civil Engineers                                                          

Best Arts and Energy Project: The cSPACE Trust sponsored by Institution of Civil Engineers          

“Renewables now generate 25 per cent of our power and are revolutionising the way we generate, supply and use electricity” said Merlin Hyman, chief executive of Regen SW, which organises the awards. “The Green Energy Awards celebrate the role of the south west companies and projects at the heart of this success story.”

The winners were chosen from a high-quality shortlist of entrants from across the region by an independent panel of expert judges (see above).


Most Proactive Public Sector Organisation: Public Power Solutions Ltd                                                

Public Power Solutions put communities at their heart, while creating value for the public sector. PPS is helping Swindon Borough Council install 200 MW renewable capacity by 2020, to meet the equivalent energy needs of every home in the Borough. Its innovations include the UK’s first solar farm funded by council-backed solar bonds sold directly to the public – Swindon Community Solar Farm.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Best Renewable Energy Scheme: Kensa Heat Pumps and Coastline Housing

Innovative system architecture and the first micro district ground source heat network project of its kind in Cornwall, Kensa Heat Pumps replaced inefficient night storage heaters with sustainable ground source heat pumps in twelve bungalows housing older residents. Based on energy usage of 5000 kWh per annum, savings in the region of £300 per annum are expected.                           


Sustainable Energy Installer of the Year: Glevum Heating

Striving to bring innovation and leading customer satisfaction to its customers, Glevum Heating have installed; 158 ASHP’s, leading to approximate cumulative savings of £75,176 and a CO2 Saving of 750 tonnes CO2/pa in the past year. They also installed an impressive 394 PV arrays with a total approximate generation of 1050 MWh/pa and CO2 saving of 11,426 tonnes CO2/pa.  


South West Sustainable Energy Champion: Mareike Schmidt

A driving force behind Bristol City Council's investment in renewables Mareike continues to be a strong champion for new technologies for the future. Showing true leadership overseeing the development of a multimillion-pound solar investment programme, instigating the development of Bristol Energy and the council’s European Green Capital Award submission in 2009, leading to Bristol winning the title for 2015.


Best Business Innovation: Brackenburn Limited

Brackenburn is the first company to exploit naturally recurring bracken for renewable energy on a sustainable, commercial basis. Harvesting helps manage landscapes, creating biodiversity by encouraging new flora & fauna. Brackenburn will increase production to 20 tonnes per week this winter, harvesting on 11 sites, all within a self-imposed limit of 100 miles, to manage their carbon footprint.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Best Community Initiative:  Plymouth Energy Community          

With 1,200 members, over 400 investors, 33 community-owned solar installations and a well-established grassroots services helping society’s most vulnerable Plymouth Energy Community are at the forefront of community energy. Helping 11,200 households, saving £341,000 from bills, clearing £200,000 debt, installing 33 solar arrays (6 MW) and saving 72,500t C02 through solar.                             


Best Energy Efficiency Building Scheme: British Gas and Plymouth Community Homes

Working in partnership with Plymouth Community Homes, British Gas’ monumental Plymouth Community Regeneration project led to 3,908 social properties being insulated in less than two years with more than 200,000 m² of solid wall insulation. Plus, the installation of 290 high-efficiency boilers, 2,290 cavity wall extractions and offering residents energy efficiency grants of £3,900.

Best Arts and Energy Project:  The cSPACE Trust               

Grounded in arts-led creative facilitation and enlisting professional engineers, ActiveEnergy investigated how turbines might function on the Thames Barrier, developed designs in a university prototyping laboratory, tested a small-scale turbine in the Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and are currently installing a stream wheel to drive an aerator for fish in the Lower Lea.

To view information on all of the finalists, visit here. To view images of the winners, please see the link here