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Caithness and Sutherland renewable champions shortlisted for the Scottish Green Energy Awards


By Calum MacLeod

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The ILI Red John Pumped Storage Hydro project is nominated in the sustainable development category.
The ILI Red John Pumped Storage Hydro project is nominated in the sustainable development category.

Caithness and Sutherland could both claim a title at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in December, with two Far North nominees in two separate categories.

Dunnet-based industrial supplier Blargoans Ltd, which founder Martin Nicolson started in his garage in 2009, is shortlisted for the best service award.

The Allt an Lagain Hydro Scheme in north west Sutherland, built by Hugh Maclellan and his son Michael, is in the running for the sustainable development award. The Maclellans, whose family have farmed the same croft for some 200 years, have also planted 50,000 trees to help the environment.

The shortlisted finalists in the 11 open categories include tidal, hydro, wind and other projects with other Highland representatives including ILI Group’s Red John Pumped Storage Hydro project near Dores and Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company, which is nominated in the carbon reduction category for its 12 home Caledonian Court affordable housing development.

Island nominations include the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, and Orbital Marine's O2 tidal turbine, which is carrying out tests at EMEC.

The 43 individuals, companies and projects will hear if they have been successful at the black-tie awards ceremony which returns in-person to Edinburgh on December 2.

Scottish Renewables chief executive Claire Mack.
Scottish Renewables chief executive Claire Mack.

Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, which runs the awards, said: “Once again I am truly astounded by the quality of nominations we have received for this year’s award ceremony.

“Our judges, as ever, struggled to pick even the shortlist, let alone the winners. The contenders represent the innovation, dedication and passions of an industry which is deploying new generation and maintaining the infrastructure which now provides the equivalent of 97.4 per cent of the electricity we use in Scotland whilst bringing socio-economic benefits across the country.

“These awards showcase just some of the ground-breaking work we are doing here in Scotland to decarbonise our energy system and fight climate change – and it’s never been more important to shout about than in the year of COP26.

“I am looking forward to industry reuniting in-person in December to raise a glass to celebrate the truly incredible work being done as we work towards our net zero ambition.”

The Scottish Green Energy Awards will return as a live event in December.
The Scottish Green Energy Awards will return as a live event in December.

Scottish Green Energy Awards shortlist 2021:

Best community project award, sponsored by Scottish National Investment Bank

Bespoke Community Development Company for Greencraig Community Wind Turbine

Hoy Development Trust

SP Energy Networks for Warmworks Scotland

Best engagement award, sponsored by SmartestEnergy

Muirhall Energy Ltd for Crossdykes Wind Farm

Net Zero Technology Centre

ScottishPower Renewables for Beinn an Tuirc 3 Windfarm

SP Energy Networks for Green Energy Fund

Best innovation award, sponsored by Red Rock Power Limited

Anakata and Ventient Energy

Gravitricity

Nova Innovation for M100-D Tidal Turbine

Orbital Marine Power

StorTera Ltd for TRAICON

Carbon reduction award, sponsored by Statkraft

City of Edinburgh Council for Kirkliston Social Housing Project

Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company for Caledonian Court

Scottish Sea Farms for Barcaldine Hatchery

West Dunbartonshire Council and Vital Energi for Queens Quay Water Source Heat Pump Project

Champion of renewables award, sponsored by Crown Estate Scotland

European Marine Energy Centre

Nicola Percival, RWE

Orbital Marine Power

SSEN Transmission

Contribution to skills award, sponsored by SSE Renewables

Cridhe Ltd for REETAP Programme

Danish Wind Power Academy UK & Ireland

ESP for Energy Efficiency Training Network

Natural Power

Outstanding contribution award, sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Winner announced on the night

Outstanding project award, sponsored by RWE Renewables

Dumfries & Galloway College for Green Energy Centre

Gravitricity Ltd for Energy Storage Demonstrator

OceanWinds for Moray East

Orbital Marine Power for the O2

West Dunbartonshire Council and Vital Energi for Queens Quay Water Source Heat Pump Project

More than 40 companies, organisations and individuals have been shortlisted for this year's awards.
More than 40 companies, organisations and individuals have been shortlisted for this year's awards.

Outstanding service award, sponsored by Green Investment Group

Blargoans Ltd

K2 Management

McMillan Consultancy

Renewable Exchange

Positive improvement award, sponsored by Natural Power

European Marine Energy Centre

Pegasus Welfare Solutions for In-Tower Turbine Toilet

Renewable Parts

Sustainable development award, sponsored by Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Allt an Lagain Hydro Scheme

ILI Group for Red John Pumped Storage Hydro Project

West Dunbartonshire Council and Vital Energi for Queens Quay Water Source Heat Pump Project

Young & inspiring award, sponsored by WSP

Anthony Kinsella, ScottishPower Renewables

Eishar Bassan, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Fraser Stewart, University of Strathclyde

Jack Evans, TTI Marine Renewables Ltd

Judges award, sponsored by Ocean Winds

Winner announced on the night


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