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Resourceful, innovative and imaginative – that's the green energy awards' finalists

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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Best Business Innovation

FaB Test

The FaB Test is a nursery wave energy test facility, situated within Falmouth harbour. The scheme enables wave energy device developers to test components, concepts or full scale renewable energy devices.

Fred Olsen

The BOLT-2-WAVEHUB Collaborative Project has the aim of directly tackling the development of the design of an innovative wave energy device to deliver the significant cost reductions in terms of equipment and deployment techniques that will lead to a competitive energy price offer from this technology.

PAPA Pumps

PAPA Pumps are low cost, minimal maintenance pumping systems which use the power of water to operate a patented pumping operation to move water long distances. Over 600 PAPA Pumps are in use around the world.

Woodpecker Energy

During the last 12 months ten Woodpecker Thermon boilers have been installed in the UK including installations at the Weymouth and Portland Olympic Sailing Village. It is estimated that, in comparison to heating oil, the heat generated by burning wood pellets will provide an annual carbon saving of over 871 tonnes.

Best Community Initiative, sponsored by The Landmark Practice

Bath and West Community Energy

Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE) is a Community Benefit Society. In 2011 BWCE raised £722,000 from nearly 200 people and established a loan facility with SSE of £1 million. They installed a 362 kWp solar PV array and delivered energy efficiency projects in local schools. They are developing a 250 kWp solar PV, a 300 kW hydro, a 500 kW wind and assessing a 300 kW biomass system. Over the next three to four years they aim to increase their installed renewables capacity to 5 MWp.

Community Power Cornwall

Community Power Cornwall (CPC) acts as an at risk developer, working closely with local communities to design, develop and deliver low-carbon initiatives, minimising inherent development risks.


Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC) has grown into a professionally managed, community owned, renewable energy company acting for, and in close communication with, its 500 local members.

Best Renewable Energy Scheme, sponsored by The Crown Estate

Alliance Homes – Photo Voltaic Framework Agreement

Alliance Homes' successful Photo Voltaic Framework Agreement is one of their recent initiatives which was awarded to Low Carbon Exchange based in Weston-super-Mare and Poole.

Ecofirst Consult, ZeroC and Woodpecker Energy – Officers Field, Portland

Working closely with their parent company, the sustainable developer ZeroC, Ecofirst Consult has provided the sustainability, energy, and code level four consultancy for a highly sustainable and contemporary residential housing scheme at Officers Field, Portland, currently being used as the sailing events Olympic Village.

Langage Farm

In 2011 Langage Farm and Dairy Produce factory integrated an Anaerobic Digester into their operations. The AD plant now provides enough heat and energy to run both the farm and the dairy produce factory, while managing waste. The bio-fertiliser output is then applied to the farm land which grows the grass, which the cows eat and use to produce milk, which is then used to make dairy products, creating a carbon neutral, closed loop.

SunGift Solar and Met Office – solar PV array on Met Office energy centre roof

SunGift Solar installed a 1,000 panel, 250 kW solar PV array on the roof of the Met Office Energy Centre. The scheme is one of the largest roof-top solar PV installations in the UK, generating enough electricity (221,000 kW hours of electricity per year) to meet the demand of one of the Met Office's powerful new supercomputers, which run research into climate change.

Fullabrook Wind Farm

Fullabrook Wind Farm is situated between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe in North Devon and consists of 22 turbines, each of up to three MW, creating a combined output of 66 MW. Each turbine is 65 metres high to the hub with 45 metre blades, making the total height of the turbines 110 metres.

Installer or Supplier of the Year, sponsored by YouGen

Blue Flame Gas

Blue Flame Gas is a Cornish based heating solutions provider, focussing on renewable heating products. Over the past year they have won numerous national awards for their service and quality.

Enact Energy Renewables

Enact Energy Renewables have installed more than 14,015 energy saving measures, a five times increase from the previous year. These instillations have saved 200,000 tonnes of CO2.

Fair Energy

Fair Energy offers biomass solutions both for the domestic and commercial markets. Fair Energy has recently doubled their workforce to 20 and entered three new markets: education, historic houses and healthcare. Fair Energy is responsible for 10% of all successful RHI applications in UK.

Optimum Heating

Optimum heating are a traditional heating and plumbing company, established in 1992. Five years ago the company saw the biomass light after working alongside an installation in Mid Devon.

Rudge Renewables

Rudge Renewables have designed and now manufacture a power divert relay which enables people to generate hot water from their excess PV generation. This idea has now been widely adopted by other manufacturers across the UK.


Solarsense is a leading renewables company in the South West. Instillations have included Bristol Zoo, the Glastonbury Festival site and At-Bristol. Solarsense has recruited an additional 20 staff.

Source Renewable

Source Renewable is a family-run renewable energy business based in South Molton. It specialises in the installation of renewable energy systems for domestic properties, businesses, organisations, and communities and offers a full energy consultation process to provide tailored renewable energy solutions.

SunGift Solar

SunGift Solar was founded in 2005 by Gabriel Wondrausch. SunGift Solar is renewable energy enthusiasts which offer a variety of renewable technology, and was among the first in the UK to receive accreditation under the Government's micro generation Scheme.

Most Proactive Public Sector Body

Bournemouth Solar Partnership

The partnership between Bournemouth Borough Council and Mouchel was formed in 2010. Among its objectives is to establish Bournemouth as a Centre of Excellence for Carbon Management by reducing carbon emissions, reducing energy costs and improving revenue, generating inward investment and creating jobs in the local Green Knowledge Economy.

Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council's Energy Management Unit has installed 568 kW of solar PV, with arrays on 36 schools in a £1.1 million project, thought to be the largest of its kind in the country.

Exeter and East Devon Growth Point

The growth point scheme features a district heating network to serve the Cranbrook new community. In conjunction with E.On, this network will ultimately extend to 75 km and will serve both homes and commercial space.

Green Cornwall Programme

The Green Cornwall programme looks at tackling the challenges of climate change, while maximising opportunities of low carbon technologies.

Mid Devon District Council

The council installed solar panels on the roofs of its offices and three leisure centres. Estimated figures indicate that the instillations will save up to £58,000 on annual electricity bills.

South West Energy Centre (South Devon College)

Phase one of South West Energy Centre forms a hub to meet the growing demand for high-quality accredited training in renewable energy and sustainable building. Combining this with raising awareness amongst business and domestic consumers, phase 2twoof South West Energy Centre, which is planned to open in Spring 2013 with support from the Regional Growth Fund, will fuel the cornerstone of an economic recovery in Torbay and South Devon.T will drive demand and ensure manufacturers, suppliers and installers have the skilled workforce needed, directly leading to the creation of 407 private sector jobs.

South West Sustainable Energy Champion, sponsored by Rudge Renewables

John Rigby

John Rigby was the former director of development at Exeter City Council. He has returned to chair the Low Carbon Task Force in an entirely voluntary capacity. The Task Force is a coalition of the willing and aims to deliver a range of low-carbon projects in the Exeter and East Devon area. John's drive and enthusiasm has galvanised the activities of a wide range of partners and has ensured that real progress is now being made.

Mareike Schmidt

Mareike Schmidt, strategic energy programme manager at Bristol City Council, won £2.5 million to implement an Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Programme, to a total value of £140 million that will transform Bristol and the wider area.

Steve Edmunds

In 2007 Steve presented to the rest of the board of Mole Valley Farmers his conviction that renewable energy could become very important to the rural economy and environment. Steve then spent two years of his own time researching, understanding and assessing the various technologies and likely incentive schemes. Steve built an on-farm demonstration site, in his own time and at his expense. Steve installed a range of different PV systems for comparison, with around 2,500 people visiting the site, including planners, insurers and others to help educate/influence them. The site also features wind turbines, as well as biomass heating and GSHP.

Cathy Debenham

Cathy Debenham set up You Gen. YouGen provides a wealth of practical information and an opportunity to ask the experts and green energy pioneers questions.aim to YouGen help business owners to make informed decisions about any green energy decisions.

Dr Lars Johanning

Dr Lars Johanning is the senior lecturer in renewable energy (hydrodynamics and marine operation) in the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at the University of Exeter. He has led in the development of several unique research facilities which are aimed at near to full-scale testing of marine renewable energy devices or sub-components. As PRIMaRE lead (UoE) he supported the development of facilities in the field characterisation and modelling of environmental resources.

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