Orkney nominees in annual energy awards

Four Orkney organisations have received nominations for a prestigious awards ceremony, celebrating some of the best renewable energy stories in Scotland.

The Highlands & Islands Renewable Energy Awards showcase some of the businesses, projects and people involved in this exciting sector across the region. The 2021 shortlist features a healthy Orcadian contingent, highlighting the energy innovation and expertise in the islands.

The recently-launched ReFLEX Orkney project has received a hat-trick of nominations, in the 'Best On-shore Renewable Energy Project', 'Best Public Sector Collaboration' and 'Best Smart Energy/Carbon Reducation Project' categories. Previous winners Green Marine UK are up for two awards, in the 'Best Supply Chain/Service Company' and 'Best Marine Operator Supporting or Supplying Off-shore Renewables' sections.

Green Marine UK vessel 'Green Chief' at work off Orkney

Orkney's other nominees are local business Eco Cars, which is in the running with ReFLEX Orkney for the 'Best Smart Energy/Carbon Reducation Project', and the Westray Development Trust, which has been shortlisted in the 'Best Community Energy Project' category.

The second annual Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards will be held at a virtual event on Thursday 25th February. The inaugural ceremony in 2020 celebrated the achievements of the green energy sector in the region, as well as recognising the contribution renewable energy makes to local economies.

Westray Development Trust's community wind turbine

The awards and the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) which precedes it are both supported by leading Scottish law firm Harper Macleod and Highland News & Media, publisher of the Executive and 18 newspaper titles across the Highlands and north-east Scotland.

The Promoting Orkney project has been part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014-2020 Programme.

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