Harry Taylor

Absolute Shortlisted in Two Categories for The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2016

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 on the Isle of Benbecula to the benefits of world-leading renewable technologies by opening a specialist renewable energy hub on the island. In partnership with renowned technical installation duo David Mackay and Cailean MacDonald, we created a purpose-built, sustainable building which was officially opened in May 2015.

The aim of the hub was to educate and support the local community to understand how they could power their future using renewable energy. We hold regular open days at the hub to encourage the community to engage with us and recently invited a local business to share our space to support them in growing their business.

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 significantly and we have 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 to enable them to diversify their business through installing tailored renewable energy solutions. Glenskinno Farm identified the need for the family estate to diversify in order to remain a viable and expanding enterprise. 

Looking at their available resource and land, they decided to establish a biofuels business on the strength of the RHI to mitigate some of the risks, as well as to meet local demand for wood chips. This pioneering renewable energy hub is now the largest wood chip drying facility in North East Scotland. 

By installing the biomass, CHP and wind turbine on site, this project has provided a platform for the innovative landowners to grow their business and become more sustainable 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 regularly host events at the Farm in partnership with Absolute to showcase the five revolutionary biomass boilers in action drying the wood chip as well as the state of the art CHP system and wind turbine to the farming community. These events are designed to demonstrate the benefits of renewable energy to likeminded people and highlight 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!

Other Resources:
All Finalists – Scottish Renewables 

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