Last night the Renewable Energy Association (REA) held its 7th annual British Renewable Energy Awards in London. Paying tribute to the UK renewable energy industry’s achievements in the last 12 months the event saw more than 300 attendees meet at the boutique Kensington hotel in the Jumeirah Carlton Tower.
The event, hosted by UK BIG Lottery Fund Chairman, Peter Ainsworth, saw winners in eight categories including technological innovation, manufacturing and community schemes as well as awards for industry pioneers, installers and journalists. There was also a Flagship Project Award and a Judges Award, the latter of which was shared by two worthy winners, Connie Hedegaard, the EU's first Climate Action Commissioner, and Chris Matthews of the Co-operative Bank, recognising their outstanding lifetime contribution to renewables.
Commenting on the evening the REA’s Chief Executive, Gaynor Hartnell, said: “These awards recognise outstanding achievement in the British renewable energy sector. They are a tribute to innovation and excellence. The exceptional quality of all the shortlisted entries serves to demonstrate the exacting standards, talent and originality within this industry.
“We received a record number of over two hundred nominations for this year’s Awards. We would like to thank all those who participated – your effort and dedication to this vibrant and growing sector is inspiring.”
The full list of the Award winners and runners up are listed below:
Manufacturer / Employer Award
Community Award 
Fintry Development Trust
Camphill Community Glencraig
Flagship Project Award
Ebico Limited and Eden Project Limited
Eco2 and BNP Paribas Clean Energy Fund
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd
Marks & Spencer
Damian Carrington – The Guardian
Connie Hedegaard, the EU's first Climate Action Commissioner
Chris Matthews of the Co-operative Bank