Green energy champions recognised at Humber Renewables Awards

It is the second time the event has been held, with the aim of highlighting the work already going on in the fast-paced sector, which is increasingly a feature of the region's economy.

The evening, organised by Footprint Renewables, was held on 1 March 2013, and Rollits sponsored the Humber Renewable Champion Award- one of ten accolades presented on the night.

The ceremony, attended by 160 business leaders and decisions makers at The Deep in Hull, began with a video address from Energy Minister John Hayes.

He praised the Humber region for embracing sustainable power, saying it could lead to hundreds of jobs and a technology revolution.

Mr Hayes said: "Renewables already help to deliver energy security and green growth.

"Across the UK, renewable technologies could create up to 150,000 jobs across the country.

"I'm pleased to note many of those jobs and a significant amount of investment are in your area."

The Rollits-backed Humber Renewables Champion award was won by the University of Hull.

The university has invested more than £1m in renewables research over the past two years and judges said it was "advancing the stature, potential and reputation of the Humber, both nationally and internationally".

Partner Neil Franklin, representing Rollits at the event, announced the winner and handed over the trophy.

He said "The Humber Renewables Awards provided a great example, for the second year running, of the excellent work already going on in green energy across the region.

"Rollits supports this work and we were delighted to be involved with this high profile event again.

"Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners."

Other winners included solar energy companies, schools, large businesses working in offshore renewables and industry-leading wind power technicians.

In a speech congratulating the winners and thanking the sponsors for their support, Footprint Renewables account director Andrew Morton said: "Bit by bit, we are seeing green energy emerge as a crucial part of the Humber's economic landscape.

"This activity means it's even more important to pause, come together once in a while and chart our region's progress.

"If renewables is a signature industry of the Humber, then it needs its own awards event to match."

He added: "My appreciation and sincere thanks goes to an incredible set of sponsors of the event and awards.

Posted on: 18/03/2013

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