The University of St Andrews, Vital Energi, ORE Catapult, Fife Council’s Barbara Whiting and David Hogg of Bright Green Hydrogen are among this year’s winners
Fife’s energy sector has scooped a number of Scottish Green Energy Awards at the event’s 20th anniversary honours.
Among the winners were the University of St Andrews and Vital Energi, whose partnership landed the Sustainable Development Award for the Guardbridge Biomass Energy Centre & District Heating Network.
Their venture was lauded for the outstanding work undertaken to ensure sustainable delivery significantly above and beyond the minimum levels required to enhance the long-term environmental, social and economic benefits of the project.
The Best Community Engagement Award went to ORE Catapult, which owns and operates the 7MW offshore wind turbine in Levenmouth, for its ongoing work across Fife, specifically with Levenmouth Academy.
ORE currently funds a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) engagement officer in the new Levenmouth Academy to provide support to pupils as they move into further and higher education in essential STEM subjects.
As well as providing opportunities for training and development of skills for the future of the offshore wind industry, this programme forges strong links with local businesses to provide students with direct work experience and skills vital for their future careers.
Barbara Whiting from Economy, Planning & Employability Services at Fife Council and David Hogg of Bright Green Hydrogen were also recognised – this time in the Champion of Renewables and Rising Star categories respectively – for their contribution to the growth in Fife’s renewable energy sector.
Cllr. Lesley Laird, executive spokesperson for Economy and Planning, said: “While this year has not been without it’s challenges it’s encouraging to see that confidence and momentum is still being generated in Fife’s energy sector. Once again Fife’s winners are demonstrating outstanding levels of creativity and determination and that can only be good for them and the wider Fife economy in the long term.”
The Scottish Green Energy Awards are run by Scottish Renewables and are designed to bring together industry leaders to honour, acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of individuals and organisations in the renewable energy industry in Scotland.