2017 Expand Nottingham City Council 2017 winner: Most Proactive Public Sector Organisation A partnership between Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes has seen over 20,000 homes benefiting from energy efficiency schemes. As a result, 4,000 social houses have solar panels, over 5,000 social and privately owned ‘hard to treat homes’ have received solid wall insulation schemes and thousands of council houses have received improvements such as boiler upgrades and double glazing. Owen Square Community Energy Scheme 2017 winner: Best Sustainable Energy Scheme Owen Square Community Energy is setup as a non-profit local energy supply company in Easton, based around the homes and businesses connected to a single substation. The scheme is retrofitting smart, integrated community solar, heat pumps and storage to reduce net energy imports and carbon emissions. Forest Fuels 2017 winner: Installer of the Year Forest fuels has continued its dramatic growth over the last year, supplying more than 167 million kWh of renewable heat and saving more than 29,000 tonnes of CO2. They have also helped biomass become more financially viable with their ‘boiler buy back’ scheme. Sunamp 2017 winner: Best Business Innovation Sunamps super-compact batteries store energy as heat and release it on-demand to provide hot water and heating. They contain non-toxic, sustainable and fully recyclable materials and store four times more heat than hot water tanks of an equal size. Alistair Macpherson 2017 winner: South West Champion Alistair has lead the development of a fast-growing and multi-award winning community energy organisation. As chief executive, he worked hard to maintain sustainable energy schemes and raise the required investment. Tamar Energy Community 2017 winner: South West Community Energy Initiative Tamar Energy Community’s vision is to ensure that ‘Local Energy Matters’ – local generation, supply, distribution and importantly supporting energy reduction and vulnerable citizens. They have installed 320kw of solar PV across the Tamar Valley, funded by the community and Cornwall Council’s Low Carbon Society.