The Scottish Green Energy Awards: Absolute Shortlisted
Absolute nominated in two categories for prestigious annual awards
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in two categories for The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2016:
Champion of Renewables Award for The Hub in Benbecula In 2015, we recognised that we could better introduce customers to the Isle of Benbecula to the benefits of world-leading renewable technologies. We did this by opening a specialist renewable energy hub on the island. We created a purpose-built, sustainable building in May 2015. This was alongside David Mackay and Cailean MacDonald – renowned technical installers.
The aim of the hub was to educate and support the local community. This aimed to educate them on how to power their future using renewable energy. Regular open days are held at the hub to encourage the community to engage with us. We recently invited a local business to share our space to support their growth.
We care about the environment and getting results for our customers. By having a dedicated hub available we have increased renewable energy use of the island. We have also now installed wind, solar, biomass and CHP systems there.
Sustainable Scotland Award for Glenskinno Biofuels (a joint venture with Glenskinno Farm) We partnered with the Gall Family at Glenskinno Farm. This enabled them to diversify their business through installing tailored renewable energy solutions. Glenskinno Farm identified the need for the family estate to diversify to remain a viable and expanding enterprise.
They decided to establish a biofuels business on the strength of the RHI to mitigate some of the risks. Their available resource and land were factors in the decision. As well as meeting local demand for wood chips. This is a pioneering renewable energy hub. Which is now the largest wood chip drying facility in North East Scotland.
There was biomass, CHP and wind turbine installation on-site. This provided a platform for the innovative landowners to grow their businesses. The result is more sustainability by reducing costs and generating significant new income. In 2016 the Farm has increased its capacity to deliver by 30% through the installation of the CHP system.
The Gall family host events at the Farm on regular occasions. These are in partnership with Absolute and showcase the five revolutionary biomass boilers. Drying the wood chip, the state of the art CHP system and wind turbine are on show to the farming community. These events are designed to demonstrate the benefits of renewable energy to like-minded people. It also highlights how it can directly benefit their business.
The investment in £2m of renewable energy technology at the Farm enables the business to operate entirely off-grid if needed and has seen the company grow exponentially.
We’ll let you know on 1 December if we’ve won at The Scottish Green Energy Awards!
All Finalists – Scottish Renewables