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North groups in running forGreen Energy accolades

APPRENTICESHIP BOOST: Global Energy Group’s Nigg Skills Academy is in the running for an award

Organisations across the north are among the finalists at awards celebrating Scotland’s renewables industry.

The Scottish Green Energy Awards will be held tomorrow, with operators, training bodies, development agencies, service companies and politicians all among the nominees.

Energy giant SSE is in the running for the most awards having been shortlisted for three, including two recognising its work in the Highlands.

The firm’s Open4Business portal has been nominated for the contribution to supply-chain development award, while its Inverness Pilot scheme is on the contribution to skills and training shortlist.

Among the other nominees for the skills and training award is Global Energy Group’s Nigg Skills Academy (NSA), which was set up in March and aims to provide training for 3,000 apprentices and other workers over three years.

NSA chairman Alastair Kennedy said he was honoured the organisation had been nominated for the award in its pilot year.

Also on the shortlist are three community energy projects in the Highlands and islands – Allt Dearg windfarm at Loch Fyne, Community Power Orkney and Horshader Community on Lewis – which will fight it out for the community initiative award.

North MSPs Rob Gibson and Liam McArthur are among the best politician nominees, while Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) could pick up the public sector initiative title.

HIE director of energy and low carbon Calum Davidson said: “The Scottish Green Energy Awards are a great celebration of the people and businesses that are supporting and delivering the renewable energy revolution here in Scotland. Our region is right at the forefront of Scotland’s world-leading renewable energy sector and I am delighted to see it being recognised on the shortlist for these prestigious awards.”

Also among the finalists are: Technip Offshore Wind, for best innovation; Vattenfall’s Edinbane onshore windfarm, in Skye, for best project; Aberdeen subsea specialist ROVOP for business growth, and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group for contribution to supply-chain development.

The event, now in its 11th year, is organised by trade body Scottish Renewables.

A record 1,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony, which will be held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

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