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Winners announced at inaugural Wales Green Energy Award

9 October 2013

An awards lunch at Cardiff Bay attracted more than 100 people today to celebrate the contribution of companies, projects and individuals at the first Wales Green Energy Awards, organised by RenewableUK Cymru.

The seven category winners, which represent the very best examples of green energy in Wales, were:

COMMUNITY INITIATIVE sponsored by the Waterloo Foundation

  • Green Valleys Community Interest Company, Brecon Beacons

CONTRIBUTION TO SKILLS & TRAINING

  • Safety Technology, Monmouthshire

SUPPLY CHAIN DEVELOPMENT sponsored by the Crown Estate

  • Vattenfall Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project, Neath Port Talbot

PUBLIC SECTOR sponsored by Vattenfall

  • Wrexham County Borough Council for its solar PV installation programme

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO PUBLIC AWARENESS OF GREEN ENERGY

  • Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future

RENEWABLES START-UP

  • North Wales Hydro Power, Conwy

OUTSTANDING GREEN ENERGY PROJECT

  • Ysgellog Farm – Airvolution, Anglesey

The winners were chosen by an independent judging panel that comprised David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru, Lee Waters, Director of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, Chris Kelsey, Environmental Editor at Media Wales and Rita Singh, Director of Policy at Cynnal Cymru.

David Clubb said: “We are delighted with the exceptionally high standard of entries into the inaugural Wales Green Energy Awards – all of the finalists should be very proud of themselves, and of the difference they have made to the people communities and business across Wales. The projects showcased today, and the thousands of green energy installations already in operation around the country, are the tip of the iceberg of the true potential Wales has from the green energy industry - today was an opportunity to highlight and celebrate that. We very much hope that this event will become a regular annual event within Wales’ calendar.”

The winners: Project Details
 

COMMUNITY INITIATIVE sponsored by the Waterloo Foundation

Green Valleys Community Interest Company, Brecon Beacons

The Green Valleys (TGV) is a community initiative that has established itself as a ground-breaking model for the way renewable energy can be implemented for community benefit in Wales. TGV has set up and solely owns a hydro component manufacturing company (Hydrolite). No community group has ever attempted a renewable initiative of this scale before. TGV have installed over 10 hydro schemes in the last year and are developing over 30 community owned hydro schemes and over 60 in total across Wales. All profits go back into grassroots initiatives.

CONTRIBUTION TO SKILLS & TRAINING

Safety Technology, Monmouthshire

Based in South Wales, Safety Technology Ltd is a leading provider of safety training to the wind energy sector. As a RenewableUK and GWO accredited training provider Safety Technology is able to offer an extensive range of industry required safety training for individuals working onshore and offshore in the renewables sector. Safety Technology Ltd also supplies a wide range of specialist safety equipment and H&S guidance to the renewables sector.

SUPPLY CHAIN DEVELOPMENT sponsored by the Crown Estate

Vattenfall Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project, Neath Port Talbot

The Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project is the largest consented onshore wind farm in Wales and England. It will inject around £1 billion into the south Wales economy during its 25 year lifetime and support the creation and retention of more than 300 jobs. Construction work will begin in 2014. Developer Vattenfall is determined that delivering local economic benefit is a top priority, by developing a strong local supply chain and giving businesses the information, encouragement and opportunities to bid for initial contracts totalling around £90 million. This carefully planned initiative has been a resounding success and is ongoing.

PUBLIC SECTOR sponsored by Vattenfall

Wrexham County Borough Council for its solar PV installation programme

As part of its People Power campaign, which is aiming to cut carbon and slash energy use across the borough, Wrexham Council is installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on up to 3,000 council-owned properties. It is one of the largest domestic solar projects in the UK, and will lead to huge savings for tenants and hopefully inspire others to think about the way they use energy.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO PUBLIC AWARENESS OF GREEN ENERGY

Zero Carbon Britain Report – Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

‘Rethinking the Future’ is the latest and most detailed report from the Zero Carbon Britain project at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth using only technology available today and without compromising our standard of living. The report synthesises cutting edge research across multiple disciplines, and contains the most detailed work to date on managing variability in renewable systems and keeping the lights on.

RENEWABLES START-UP

North Wales Hydro Power, Conwy

North Wales Hydro Power was created to specialise in the development of hydroelectric schemes in Wales and now throughout the whole of the UK. Its main focus is to develop sites with landowners, rather than for them. It has nine schemes with permission for development and another 16 at the formal consenting process stage, this making it one of the most active companies in Wales.

OUTSTANDING GREEN ENERGY PROJECT

Ysgellog Farm — Airvolution, Anglesey

The two newest and tallest wind turbines in Anglesey have generated a fresh way of thinking about wind projects: local economic benefits are real. Airvolution committed to deliver local benefits and used local companies for work wherever possible. This resulted in over a third of total construction costs being retained on the island (over £300,000) with two thirds retained within Wales. A fund benefitting the local community has already committed over £130,000 towards worthwhile local projects. Airvolution has used the project to champion onshore wind in Anglesey and Wales through case studies and engaging a variety of media channels.

If you would like photographs of any of the winning projects or to interview the judges or representatives from the winning projects, please contact Sara Powell-Davies on 029 2034 7840 / 07815 559 983.

For further information, please contact:

Sara Powell-Davies, Communications Manager, RenewableUK Cymru, 029 2034 7840 or 07815 550 983

 

 

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