Image: Jennifer Moyes Photography.
Image: Jennifer Moyes Photography.

Finlay Colville, head of market intelligence at Solar Media, was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award yesterday evening (18 October) at the Solar and Storage Live awards ceremony.

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates individuals that have made a significant impact in driving forward the solar industry, recognising exceptional achievements within a career dedicated to the renewable sector.

Previous award winners include, Sebastian Berry, who worked for SolarCentury for 17 years from 2001 and worked on the feed-in tariff campaign, British social entrepreneur and writer, Jeremy Leggett, and Ray Noble, director of Solar BIPV.

Colville joined Solar Media in 2015, as an already well-known market analyst within the solar industry globally. For over 20 years Colville’s focus has been on understanding global solar technology, manufacturing trends, market deployment and policy. When the UK solar industry took off in 2010, Colville saw it as a key objective to become the most knowledgeable analyst covering the UK market.

The award recognises both Colville’s global and UK contributions to the industry as a whole.

“The award is a wonderful honour. For years I’ve been coming to this event, and the lifetime award is always one that attracts a lot of attention,” Colville told Solar Power Portal after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Working in the UK solar industry for the last 15 years, it has been fantastic to see an entire sector grow, with so many people keen to learn more about the technology, manufacturing and how the market might evolve in the future. The global solar industry is once again going through a number of changes driven by policy changes as well as technology innovations and there continues to be a strong appetite for market knowledge. This excites me going forward and no doubt there will be plenty of opportunity to analyse the industry going forwards.”