Octopus Energy, Exeter Community Energy and Zap Map were amongst winners announced yesterday, on 30 March, for the 2022 Green Energy hosted by Regen and sponsored by specialist grid consultancy Roadnight Taylor.

The Awards are a leading national celebration of innovative technologies, pioneering companies, and inspiring individuals shaking up the energy system and driving towards a zero carbon future. The prestigious awards ceremony, now in its nineteenth year, is a highlight of the sustainable energy calendar.

After more than 120 nominations were judged by a panel of experts, a shortlist of finalists was revealed last month, with the winners announced at the sell-out ceremony hosted in the historic venue of the Bath Assembly Rooms.

The ceremony yesterday highlighted the important role of the clean energy sector in addressing the current energy crisis.

Merlin Hyman, chief executive, Regen, said, “The 2022 Green Energy Awards showcased the extraordinary range of innovative zero carbon solutions available and the pioneering individuals committed to bringing them forward. The inspiring award winners and nominees demonstrate we have the ability to end our addiction to fossil fuels and will, I hope, galvanise us all to take even bolder action towards net zero.”

The winners, which represent the very best examples of sustainable energy, were:

  • Avon Fire and Rescue Service with Solarsense – winner of the Clean Energy Scheme award (sponsored by TLT)
  • Zap Map – winner of the Whole Energy System Innovation award (sponsored by GA Energy)
  • Octopus Energy – winner of the Net Zero Energy Developer Award (sponsored by Foot Anstey)
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority – winner of the Local Energy Leadership award (sponsored by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks)
  • Exeter Community Energy – winner of the Community Energy Initiative award (sponsored by Western Power Distribution)
  • Nicola Waters – winner of the Net Zero Energy Pioneer award (sponsored by Equans, part of the Engie Group)

 

THE WINNERS: PROJECT DETAILS

Greater Manchester Combined Authority – whose strong portfolio of policies and projects have put them on target to reach their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2038. The authority has incorporated a whole system approach, delivering energy efficiency measures for the worst performing homes, investing in innovation and new business models as well as developing renewable energy generation.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service with Solarsense – Installing and integrating a range of renewable technologies across five sites including: solar panels, battery storage, solar thermal and heat pumps, the Avon Fire and Rescue Service clean energy project will generate carbon savings of more than 127 tonnes per year and is a benchmark for the role of the Fire and Rescue sector in the net zero journey.

ZapMap – An easy to use app encouraging the uptake of EVs through data sharing. The app allows EV drivers to search for available charge points, plan longer electric journeys, pay for charging and share updateswith other EV drivers.

Exeter Community Energywhose Healthy Homes for Wellbeing scheme has helped those far beyond the reaches of Exeter to fight their way out of fuel poverty. The scheme has assisted 2,590 homes in 2021, saving the clients an estimated £1.3million.

Octopus Energy –  whose renewables arm has a £3 billion global portfolio of over 300 solar, onshore wind and biomass projects and is investing £3 billion in green hydrogen plants. They have also built a £10 million Electrification of Heat Centre to support the government in hitting its target of 600,000 heat pump installations a year.

Nicola Waters who has built not one, but two green energy companies from 10 to over 100 people. Her transition from developing clean energy assets to services to the digital integration of those assets tracks the journey of the clean energy industry over the last 15 years, albeit a few years behind her. She is a tireless do-er, an unstoppable force, and a breath of fresh air.

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