Solarcentury founder and world renowned environmentalist Jeremy Leggett has won the Solar Power Portal outstanding achievement award at this year’s Solar Power Portal Awards, held last night at The Vox, Birmingham NEC.

Leggett was present to receive the prize and was welcomed to the stage by Solar Media chief executive David Owen, and said he was humbled to receive the award.

Other big winners on the night included Solarsense who took home the installation company of the year award, sponsored by Rexel Energy Solutions, and Joju Solar, who were highly commended in both the installation company and best rooftop project sub-250kW categories, as well as being a co-winner of the best community benefit award alongside Low Carbon Hub.

Belectric UK-backed Big60Million clinched the best solar finance innovation award for its work in launching a number of crowdfunded solar farms in which local residents are offered shares, while Solstice Renewables took home the coveted best ground-mount project over 5MW for its 20.4MW Manor Farm project in Verwood.

The awards were hosted by environmental author and radio presenter Leo Johnson, who said that the industry must steel itself for the immediate future. 

The full list of winners and those who were highly commended in their categories are listed below.


Best community benefit

Joju Solar and Low Carbon Hub


PV Tech award for best international use of solar

Backwoods Solar

Highly commended: Gran Solar


Best rooftop project 250kW+

SBC Renewables


Best rooftop project <250kW, sponsored by Schneider Electric:

Advanced Renewable Power

Highly commended: Joju Solar


Best use of solar in a CSR project



Clean Energy News award for best integrated renewables system

Solar Kingdom


Best ground-mount project over 5MW

Solstice Renewables


Best solar finance innovation



Best industry innovation



Installation company of the year, sponsored by Rexel Energy Solutions


Highly commended: Joju Solar


Apprentice of the year

Victoria Omobuwajo, Repowering London


Solar Power Portal outstanding achievement award

Jeremy Leggett