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The strength and depth of Scotland's renewable energy industry has been celebrated at the 2015 Scottish Green Energy Awards, highlighting the scope of the industry in Scotland.

21 companies, projects and individuals were honoured at the awards ceremony in Edinburgh.

International and innovative

The awards showcased the innovative approach and international reach of Scotland's renewable energy sector.

The Export Award was won by SgurrEnergy, a Glasgow-based renewable energy consultancy that has worked on projects in over 90 countries.

Incredible achievement

What has been achieved by the renewable industry especially here in Scotland is incredible and I'm certain there is more to come.

Matthieu Hue, CEO of event sponsor EDF Energy Renewables

The company recently opened a new base in Chile, its 16 international offices with plans in place to have 20 global offices by 2020.

Steve McDonald, SgurrEnergy’s Implementation Director, said:

"We have had a huge amount of success working internationally, being involved in projects from Malawi to Mongolia, and will strive to expand our overseas presence, in line with our company objectives, to continue to deliver exciting projects around the world."

The award for best innovation went to SP Energy Networks, Community Energy Scotland, Smarter Grid Solutions and the University of Strathclyde for their Accelerating Renewable Connections (ARC) initiative.

ARC supports communities develop ways of using locally produced energy, helping generators to produce more and reducing costs.

Activity across the industry

The Scottish Green Energy Awards also offered a platform to display the scope of the industry in Scotland.

Scottish Water won the Renewing Scotland Award for its work to reduce its £45 million annual energy bill while two Orkney-based companies, Green Marine and Leask Marine, were joint winners of the Best Supplier Award.

Atkins and Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) shared the Engineering Excellence Award, for their work in the offshore wind sector.

Edinburgh's Locogen won the Business Growth Award, the green energy company having doubled its workforce in two years of successful expansion.

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of awards organiser Scottish Renewables, said:

"From small scale community developments to our cutting edge technologies and the individuals who champion our industry, the Scottish Green Energy Awards is all about recognising the people and organisations that are driving forward our industry.

"While the last few months have been challenging, there remains a huge amount of determination, innovation and creativity that we can and should all be proud of."

Continued progress

The awards are further evidence of how much Scotland has to offer companies considering doing business with our renewable energy industry.

With exceptional experience, an innovative approach to the sector and the global connections that can make your project a success, our renewable energy supply chain is ready to work with your company.

Seonaid Vass, director of Renewables & Low Carbon Tech Energy & Low Carbon Technologies at SDI, said:

"It is great to hear so many fantastic stories about not just the activities and progress happening in the industry but Scotland’s overall approach to fostering Green Energy.

"There was a real sense of excitement and passion in the room, which, coupled with the skills, expertise and support available in Scotland will see the industry make continued progress."

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The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2015

  • Best Community Project: Beinn Ghrideag wind farm, Isle of Lewis
  • Best Innovation: Accelerating Renewables Connections by SP Energy Networks, Community Energy Scotland, Smarter Grid Solutions and the University of Strathclyde (Scottish Borders)
  • Best Photography: Turbine blades at the Port of Inverness by Eddie Boyd
  • Best Supplier: Green Marine (UK) Ltd and Leask Marine Ltd, both Orkney
  • Business Growth: Locogen
  • Champion of Renewables: John Cridland CBE, former Director-General, CBI
  • Contribution to Skills: Energy Skills Partnership
  • Engineering Excellence: Atkins and Burntisland Fabrications Ltd
  • Export Award: SgurrEnergy (Glasgow)
  • Outstanding Contribution: Allan MacAskill
  • Renewing Scotland: Scottish Water
  • Rising Star: Irina Cortizo, Atkins
  • Sustainable Development: Guide to Hydropower Construction Best Practice by Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Renewables
  • Judges Award: Highlands and Islands Enterprise