Last month, Solar Power Portal revealed the shortlists for this year’s Solar Power Portal and Clean Energy Awards, sponsored by Trina Solar.

More than 60 projects have been shortlisted across 12 categories ahead of what promises to be a glittering occasion at Birmingham NEC’s Hilton Metropole, hosted by stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr.

In the latest article of a series of shortlist spotlight features, here are the nominees for 2016’s Commercial Energy Management award.

  • British Solar Renewables – Swindon Solar Farm 
  • Nottingham City Council – Wollaston Hall 
  • British Solar Renewables – Shotwick Solar Farm

The project might have changed hands recently, but Swindon Solar Farm is one of two large-scale solar farms built by British Solar Renewables to have been shortlisted in this category. 

At 60.9MW, Swindon Solar Farm is one of the largest arrays in the UK and one of a number of utility-scale projects to form agreements with commercial off takers. All of the electricity generated at the site is sold to a major UK-based bank under a sleeving agreement.

Although there is no physical link between the company’s offices and the solar farm, this sleeving agreement means that the commercial off taker uses the same amount of electricity that is generated at the site at the price agreed with the site’s owner.

This not only helps the company decarbonise its energy supply, but guarantee a proportion of its electricity demand at a discounted rate.

The winner of this year’s Clean Energy Product Innovation award will be announced at the awards ceremony on 5 October. Tickets are now available and can be purchased online here, or by contacting [email protected].