Solar Power Portal is delighted to announce that entries for the Solar Power Portal Awards 2018 are now open.

The awards, a highlight of the UK renewables industry calendar, returns for its sixth successive year and sports something of a rebrand for 2018.

Solar Power Portal will this year share the stage with sister publication Energy-Storage.News as we look to honour the thriving battery storage market at both home and abroad.

There are also some brand new and amended categories for this year’s ceremony. A full list of this year’s categories is as follows;

  • Residential Rooftop Solar Installation of the Year
  • Commercial Rooftop Solar Installation of the Year
  • Ground-mount Solar Installation of the Year
  • Community Solar Installation of the Year
  • International PV Installation of the Year
  • Residential Storage Project of the Year
  • C&I Storage Project of the Year
  • Utility-scale Storage Project of the Year
  • International Storage Project of the Year [NEW]
  • Storage Business Model Innovation of the Year [NEW]
  • Transaction of the Year [NEW]
  • O&M Provider of the Year
  • Product Innovation
  • Contractor of the Year
  • Outstanding Achievement

Eligibility criteria for each of the awards can be found on our dedicated awards site.

The ceremony will be held once again at the Hilton Metropole NEC, coinciding with Solar Media’s Solar & Storage Live exhibition. The event will take place on the evening of Wednesday 17 October 2018.

Details regarding this year’s judging panel and the host for the evening are to be released in the coming weeks.

Liam Stoker, UK editor at Solar Media, said: “It made perfect sense to bring Energy-Storage.News into the mix and we hope it reflects the growing role battery storage is playing in the power sector, as best reflected by the success of last year’s Solar & Storage Live show.

“The 2017 awards recognised some truly brilliant projects. Last year we set a new record for nominations and we fully expect to do the same again.”

The nominations process

The nominations process is simple and straightforward. Details on how to enter this year’s awards can be found on the awards page or by clicking straight through to the nominations portal here.

After creating a ‘new user’ account, you will be prompted to select which categories you wish to enter and the details needed to complete each entry. There is no limit to the number of categories you can enter, however each submission will be judged against strict eligibility criteria.  

Nominations will close at midnight on 31 May 2018, followed by a judging process which will take place throughout June.

Please note that this year we will not be accepting nominations for the Outstanding Achievement award. For 2018 this award will be discussed with the judging panel exclusively.

Shortlisted entries will be notified in mid-July prior to publication on Solar Power Portal, with the winners announced on the evening of the ceremony.