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2016 Finalists


Scroll down to read what some of our winners had to say after picking up their award.

Best Professional Services Award, sponsored by McMillan Consultancy

Campbell & Kennedy
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Highland Eco-Design - WINNER

Sustainable Scotland Award, sponsored by SmartestEnergy

Glenskinno Biofuels by Absolute Solar and Wind and Glenskinno Farm
Craigdon Mountain Sports, Pentland Outdoor Centre by AES Solar and Solar Kingdom
Glenuig Inn

North Ayrshire Council biomass heat, solar and car share programme in partnership with HWEnergy, Emtec Energy and Enterprise CarShare - WINNER

Engineering Excellence Award, sponsored by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Ecosse Subsea Systems - SCAR Seabed System - WINNER
Nova Innovation - Shetland Tidal Array
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and SP Energy Networks - Beauly to Denny Transmission Line
SP Energy Networks - High-Temperature Low-Sag conductor system

Business Growth Award, sponsored by AREG

Energised Environments

Champion of Renewables Award, sponsored by RenewableUK

Absolute Solar and Wind – The Hub, Benbecula
Barbara Whiting, Invest in Fife
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Glasgow Science Centre - Powering the Future exhibition - WINNER

Contribution to Skills Award, sponsored by Senvion

2050 Climate Group
University of Strathclyde Engineering Academy
Alasdair Clapperton, ScottishPower Renewables

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and Skills Development Scotland - WINNER

Rising Star Award, sponsored by EICC

Dr Adrian de Andres, University of Edinburgh
Tony Gannon, ScottishPower Renewables
Lisa MacKenzie, EMEC
Rosie Scurr, Mainstream Renewable Power
David Hogg, Bright Green Hydrogen
John Allsopp, Arcus Consultancy Services Ltd

Lachlan McInnes, McInnes Group - WINNER
Brian Farrell, Natural Power
Peter Greaves, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Best Community Project Award, sponsored by SSE

Aberdeen Community Energy - Donside Hydro - WINNER
Fintry Development Trust - Biomass District Heating for Park Homes
Braemar Community Hydro Ltd - Corriemulzie hydro scheme
The City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative, Energy4All and Emtec Energy – Edinburgh solar PV

Best Community Engagement Award, sponsored by Vattenfall

Burcote Wind and ERG Renew - Sandy Knowe Wind Farm
Lochgoil Energy and Broadland Renewable Construction - Donich Water Hydro

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult - Levenmouth demonstration offshore wind turbine - WINNER
Stewart Energy – Lesmahagow community wind project

Sustainable Development Award, sponsored by ABB

Diageo - Glendullan Distillery anaerobic digestion and water treatment
ScottishPower Renewables – peatland restoration

The University of St Andrews and Vital Energi - Guardbridge Biomass Energy Centre & District Heating Network - WINNER
Wave Energy Scotland

Best Innovation Award, sponsored by Red Rock Power Limited

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation – Low Carbon Innovation project
SgurrEnergy - SgurrOptimiser

SP Energy Networks - Dynamic Cable Rating system - WINNER
SP Energy Networks - Visualisation of Real-Time System Dynamics using Enhanced Monitoring (VISOR)

Judges Award, sponsored by MacArthur Green

Nova Innovation, Shetland Tidal Array - WINNER
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and SP Energy Networks - Beauly to Denny Transmission Line - WINNER

Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Calum Davidson, Highlands & Islands Enterprise - WINNER

Here, some of the winners talk about why taking home a trophy is “a real honour” and “a reason to feel proud”, and of their plans for the future.


Lachlan McInnes, McInnes Group – Rising Star Award

I am still in shock that I was lucky enough to have won the Rising Star category at Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards. It’s hard to put into words what an achievement this is, not only for me but for the whole McInnes Team. To say we are over the moon would be an understatement.

Just to be nominated and invited to the awards ceremony was a real honour and of course made even more special that I was able to pick up the award.

This award has really boosted my determination to succeed within the industry, and having the recognition that all the hard work of setting up my own business and running my own business in the very heart of the Highlands has really been worth it.

It is especially satisfying to get this award as it’s from the renewables industry – something I’ve been interested in for a long time and am keen to embrace at every opportunity.

The reaction we’ve had from friends, family and customers has been fantastic – everyone is hugely delighted for me. This is a real accolade for myself and the McInnes Group.

Richard Hatton, ENERCON UK – Business Growth Award

It was a surprise and a real pleasure for ENERCON to receive the Business Growth Award, and particularly special as it gives recognition to the consistent hard work of everyone across the business, not just over the last two years but the many years before.

While times are challenging for onshore wind it was also fantastic to take a breather, stop looking forward, and rather look back at great achievements from inspirational people across renewables.

Thanks to Scottish Renewables for giving us such an experience, and a reason to feel proud, and for showcasing the great things the industry is accomplishing.

Calum Davidson, Highlands & Islands Enterprise – Outstanding Contribution

Having spent the last eight years of my career at Highlands & Islands Enterprise as Director of Energy and Low Carbon, I could not be more thrilled to receive this award.

I have always been passionate about the sector and feel immensely proud of what colleagues in HIE and across industry have achieved, particularly in the marine renewables sector.  This year really has been exceptional, and I sincerely hope that the momentum being generated will continue to grow, and that Scotland even more firmly cements its world-leading position in offshore renewables.

Dave Gardner, Director of Transmission, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Judges Award

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been travelling the length and breadth of Scotland talking to colleagues about the future opportunities for our transmission business. 

Last Thursday evening, I had the chance to pause for a few hours to attend the Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh which are organised every year by Scottish Renewables. During the evening, the Beauly-Denny project was recognised with a special Judges Award for its critical contribution to the success of renewable energy in the north of Scotland.

It’s almost a year since the full length of the Beauly-Denny line was energised successfully, marking the culmination of more than a decade of work by a cast of hundreds. The achievement is a tribute to everyone who took the project from its earliest days on the drawing board, through the consenting process, and ultimately to its construction.

It was the site team, working alongside our principal contractor Balfour Beatty, who took the line over the 2,526ft summit of the Corrieyairack Pass, working through the winters of 2013/14 and 2014/15 to achieve energisation. Their work continues to wrap up final mitigation activity, not least the removal of transmission towers from Cairngorms National Park, which will leave a lasting positive legacy on one of Scotland’s most valuable natural landscapes.

Beauly-Denny was a landmark project for our business, but the award reflects its significance for the country as a whole.

I am proud that Beauly-Denny is at the heart of a new chapter in the north’s energy story, unlocking economic potential and transporting low carbon electricity efficiently in our network area and beyond.  


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