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The 2021 award went to chief executive of Community Energy Scotland, Nicholas Gubbins. Picture: HNM
The 2021 award went to chief executive of Community Energy Scotland, Nicholas Gubbins. Picture: HNM

The Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards are just around the corner and the highlight of the event will be the naming of the winner of the outstanding achievement award, chosen by the judges, and sponsored by leading law firm, Harper Macleod LLP.

The judges will be looking for the individual, team or organisation that has made the most remarkable contribution to the development of the Highlands and Islands renewables industry.

It almost goes without saying that nominees will be dedicated to the advancement of renewables and will have made a huge contribution to the sector, driving it forwards in the Highlands and Islands.

The 2021 recipient was Nicholas Gubbins, chief executive of Community Energy Scotland.

Chair of this year’s judging panel, David Bone, who is a senior partner at award sponsor, Harper Macleod, and who also leads the firm’s energy and natural resources team, said: “It is with great pleasure and pride that Harper Macleod gives its continued support to this year’s Renewable Energy Awards.

“The outstanding achievement category always generates great interest on the evening, following healthy discussion and debate among the judges.

“The renewable energy sector across the Highlands and Islands is fortunate to have so many outstanding individuals, often working in teams or partnerships, who contribute to the sector’s growth and innovation.”

There are 10 awards in the annual event which celebrates the very best of the region's green energy sector in a virtual event on Thursday, June 23. The winners will be announced at the online ceremony, which is hosted by broadcaster and Highland News and Media (HNM) columnist Nicky Marr. The awards begin at 6.30pm.

To find out more, visit www.hnmedia.co.uk/ renewable-energy-day

The awards follow the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC), which brings together specialists from the worlds of business, politics and academia to look at the challenges and opportunities the drive towards a net zero future will mean for our region.

SHREC 2022 takes the theme: The Time is Now, inspired in part by Glasgow hosting the UN climate crisis conference COP26 towards the end of last year. Topics under discussion include a look back at the findings of COP26, how a just transition to a net zero economy can be achieved, and how well placed the Highlands and Islands are to deliver renewable energy solutions which can be exported to the rest of the world. Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Day has once again been made possible by the partnership of Executive publisher, HNM, and Harper Macleod.

As with the awards, the conference will take place in a virtual format, meaning that geography will be no barrier to those who want to attend or contribute, but as with the traditional physical event, there will still be an opportunity to network with fellow virtual attendees before the main programme gets under way at noon.

To find out more and to register to attend, visit Harper Macleod’s events page at https://events.harpermacleod.co.uk/events

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