Renewable energy industry celebrates record breaking year at prestigious awards ceremony

  • Winners of Britain’s most prestigious renewable energy and clean tech awards unveiled
  • Renewable energy generation breaks records and captures 85% of public support as technology costs tumble
  • Gala Dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London hosted over 350 delegates from across the industry
  • Hosted by Cathy Newman, presenter for Channel 4 News
  • 2018 Company Award winner: Forest Fuels Ltd
  • Leadership Award Winner: Severn Trent
  • Lifetime Achievement award: Jenny Saunders CBE

The winners of the annual British Renewable Energy Awards were announced last night at the Savoy Hotel in London.

The annual awards ceremony is the industry’s most prestigious event and celebrates the most outstanding projects and companies of the past year.

The REA congratulates all those nominated, shortlisted, “highly-commended,” and the winners of this year’s Awards. This year’s ceremony was sponsored by Barclays.

Initial photos of all the winners can be found here

Dr. Nina Skorupska CBE FEI, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association said:

“It’s been another record breaking year for the renewable energy sector, we have seen coal-free days in the UK for the first-time since before the industrial revolution, prices come down significantly and our most up-to-date numbers show that almost 130,000 people are now employed by the renewable energy sector nationwide – and these companies have been at the vanguard of that success here in the UK.

“The profile of renewables is rising fast, a clear and ambitious energy policy is now essential in order to back these businesses growth potential and ambition. Although the public’s switch to green energy is not yet complete, I truly believe that with the continued drive and determination of companies like these we will get there sooner rather than later.”

Martin Wright, Chair of the Renewable Energy Association said:

“Our industry is now a world leader and I congratulate these companies for their extraordinary achievements in working hard to grow Britain’s green economy, they have energised their workforces and set a truly exceptional example we can all be proud of.”


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Notes to editors

The winners are as follows:

Smart Energy System Award – awarded for a system that supports the roll-out, or take-up, of renewable energy and energy storage whilst enhancing value and usefulness.

• Winner: OVO Energy

Energy Storage Award – Given to a live project (delivered or in progress) whether centralised, distributed or mobile and at any size.

• Highly Commended: redT Energy Storage
• Winner: UK Power Networks

Community Award – For a community group that has been active in developing a renewable energy project or programme of installations in their area.

• Winner: Energy Garden

Low Carbon Transport – Recognising quality, commitment and innovation in low carbon vehicles – cars, vans, buses, road freight or on farm vehicles, powered by clean electricity or sustainable biofuels – and alternative vehicle fuels.

• Winner: Heriot-Watt University

Customer Service Recognition Award – For an energy supplier (including those supplying via a PPA) delivering customer service excellence or innovation whilst adding value to their customers.

• Highly Commended: Octopus Energy
• Winner: Tonik Energy

Sustainability Award – For an organisation using organics recycling to rethink their resource use or achieve zero waste.

• Winner: VEGware

Project Award – For a company that has developed an outstanding building-integrated, on-site or stand-alone project.

• Highly Commended: SPECIFIC IKC
• Highly Commended: National Grid
• Winner: HoSt

Innovation Award – For an innovative renewable energy device or application that has achieved a major milestone.

• Highly Commended: FlexiSolar Ltd
• Winner: Octopus Energy

Pioneer Award – For an organisation in a sector not previously associated with renewables that has now become involved and created a pathway that others can follow.

• Winner: Cambridgeshire County Council

Financial Leadership Award – For a financial product that has accelerated the deployment of renewables in the UK.

• Joint Winner: Barclays Bank
• Joint Winner: Triodos

Communications Agency Award – For the communications agency that has done most to enhance awareness or championed positive change for renewables in key opinion formers, parliament, government or the public in the past year.

• Highly Commended: FTI Consulting
• Winner: Pinstone Communications Ltd

Installer Award – For a company that has excelled in the installation of small-scale energy generation systems in homes; offering a high quality experience for consumers wishing to buy or lease.

• Highly Commended: Sungift Solar
• Winner: Cambridge Solar Ltd

Young RE Professional Award – For an individual within the first 5 years of their career in renewable energy, who has already achieved success/impact and who has shown potential as a future leader in the industry.

• Highly Commended: Dr Laura Daniels – UK Power Networks
• Winner: Charlie Cook – Octopus Energy

Leadership Award – For an organisation that is mainstreaming renewable energy through the scale of its investment or its commitment to securing its energy needs from renewables.

• Winner: Severn Trent

Company Award – For the company that’s done the most in the past year to advance UK renewables.

• Winner: Forest Fuels Ltd

Lifetime Achievement

• Winner: Jenny Saunders CBE

Judges’ Award 2018

• Winner: Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of England

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About the Renewable Energy Association (REA)

The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport and recycling. It is the largest renewable energy and clean technology (including energy storage and electric vehicles) trade association in the UK, with around 550 members, ranging from major multinationals to sole traders.

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