Celebrating Community Energy in the heart of London
The Community Energy Awards took place on Friday night at a ceremony in London’s City Hall. Over 120 people joined us in celebrating the success from the past year. The ceremony was led by Chair of the London Environment Committee, Leonie Cooper and the throughout the evening we heard insights from judges, sponsors, former winners and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan via video.
The proceedings started with the Community Renewable Energy Project Award (sponsored by Co-op Community Energy) being awarded to North Kensington Community Energy who put solar panels on two primary schools, a community centre and a sports centre this year.
Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-op (BHESCo) were winners of the carbon savings award. With just four full time members of staff BHESCo have delivered 42 energy projects in just four years, completed 670 energy audits, and advised 1,500 customers, making total annual CO2 savings of 441 tonnes.
Other winners include a world-first initiative to power trains using track-side community-and commuter-owned solar, as well as a unique conservation project using thermosolar beehives that generate heat to destroy the Varroa mite which has been devastating honeybee populations across the world as mites develop resistance to traditional chemical treatments.
We are very grateful to receive this award for our work. It’s an inspiration to share what we are all doing together to accelerate the UK’s transition from fossil fuels in the energy supply and to bring fairness, equity and trust back to the energy industry"
Community Energy England 2019 Awards Winners
2019 Community Renewable Energy Project Award – sponsored by Co-op Community Energy
North Kensington Community Energy
2019 Community Energy & Carbon Saving Award
Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative
Carbon Co-op and URBED – People Powered Retrofit – highly commended
2019 Local Authority Partner Award – sponsored by Power Paired
Bristol City Council
Islington Council – highly commended
2019 Community Energy Finance Award
Power to Change
Friends Provident Foundation – highly commended
2019 Collaboration Award – sponsored by Power to Change
2019 Community Energy Young Champion
2019 Community Energy Champion
2019 Environmental Impact Award
2019 Social Impact Award
South East London Community Energy
2019 Community Energy Photo Award
Greater Manchester Community Renewables
Ahead of the ceremony, an expert panel of judges selected winners in each of the categories following an open application process; whilst the public voted for the Community Energy Photo Award, selecting the image they felt best captured the essence of the community energy movement. The winning image from Greater Manchester Community Renewables is shown below: