Renewables shine as members of industry, politics and the media gather together to celebrate achievements in the sector
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REA Press Release
Hosted by UK BIG Lottery Fund Chairman, Peter Ainsworth, the inaugural Judges’ Award was shared by two worthy winners, Connie Hedegaard, the EU's first Climate Action Commissioner, and Chris Matthews of the Co-operative Bank, recognising their outstanding lifetime contribution to renewables.
REA’s Chief Executive, Gaynor Hartnell, commented: “These awards recognise outstanding achievement in the British renewable energy sector. They are a tribute to innovation and excellence. The exceptional quality of all the shortlisted entries serves to demonstrate the exacting standards, talent and originality within this industry.
“We received a record number of over two hundred nominations for this year’s Awards. We would like to thank all those who participated – your effort and dedication to this vibrant and growing sector is inspiring.”
Eco2 and BNP Paribas Clean Energy Fund's Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant came runner-up in the Flagship Project Award category, and were specially commended for taking the project to financial close.
The project, which started construction in May 2012, will generate 38MWe using proven, efficient technology specifically designed for the clean combustion of straw.
In December 2011, Eco2 successfully sold the Sleaford project to specialist investment fund BNP Paribas Clean Energy Fund, in a landmark £170million deal.
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