The north of Scotland was recognised as a renewable energy powerhouse last night as the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm was handed a top award by Scotland’s renewable energy industry
Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse took home the Outstanding Contribution Award for his work in promoting tidal and wind energy.
SSE’s 84-turbine Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, situated near a former oil field in the Moray Firth, was officially opened last month.
It is able to power up to 450,000 homes in the UK.
Aberdeen City Council was awarded a gong for its hydrogen bus strategy, while Stromness firm Green Marine scooped the Outstanding Achievement Award.
An emotional Mr Wheelhouse said he was “taking this one for the team”.
He added: “I’m very moved by this award.”
Glasgow firm Star Renewables and Inverkeithing’s Pict Offshore also picked up awards.
Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “Once again, the Scottish Green Energy Awards showcase the truly incredible innovation, drive and passion of those working within our industry.
“The diverse range of projects shortlisted tonight highlights the phenomenal skillset of our industry – one which continues to push the boundaries of innovation, maintaining Scotland’s place as a world leader in renewable energy.
“The commitment, knowledge and hard work of those within the industry is making a significant positive impact on Scotland’s economy as we continue to mitigate carbon emissions and work towards achieving net zero by 2045.”