Northern Ireland’s most innovative companies shortlisted for ‘green awards’

Massive News
January 28, 2013

The shortlist of finalists to be considered for one of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious ‘green’ awards has been released this week and features an impressive list of organisations, schools, and initiatives from across the country working to promote innovation and sustainability in the renewable energy sector. The Action Renewables Association Awards, now in their fifth year, are sponsored by Tughans Solicitors and recognise excellence and reward innovation by companies in Northern Ireland.


Shortlists this year include:


  • Best School, Renewable Energy Awareness Award: Dromore Primary School; Limavady Central Primary School; Omagh County Primary School; Fairview Primary School, Ballyclare


  • Best Planner, Renewable Energy Project sponsored by DOE: Simple Power, Belfast in conjunction with Strategic Planning, Holywood; Ross Planning, Cookstown;  McAdam Stewart Architects, Banbridge, and Clyde Shanks, Belfast.


  • Best Energy Saving SME sponsored by Electric Ireland: Lo Heat Homes, Lisburn and Harvey First Class Services, Newtownabbey.


  • Best Training Provider awarded by Professor Jim Kitchen: North West Regional College, Derry; Transport Training Services, Crumlin and the Northern Regional College, Ballymena.


  • Best Renewable Export Company sponsored by Action Renewables: Alternative Heat Ltd, Castlewellan and Dimplex Renewables, Craigavon.


  • Best Community Project sponsored by brites:  Power NI, Belfast; Skainos/East Belfast Mission, Belfast; Drumlin wind Energy Cooperative, Belfast and the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast.


  • Most Innovative Renewables Installation sponsored by Dimplex Renewables:  The National Trust, Saintfield, for their work on Giants Causeway Visitor Centre; Oaklee Homes Group, Belfast;  Nutech Renewables Ltd, Warrenpoint; Williams Industrial Services, Newtownabbey and Green Energy Technology Ltd, Craigavon


  • Best Promotion of Sustainable Transport sponsored by BATTERIE: Oaklee Homes Group, Belfast; Belfast MET, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, and Parker Green and The Quays Newry.


  • Outstanding Award for Work in the Renewables Sector in Northern Ireland sponsored by Tughans Solicitors: The National Trust, Saintfield; Willis heating & Plumbing Co Ltd, Belfast; Solmatix Renewables, Lisburn and Ecars, Department of Regional Development, Belfast.

The experts at Action Renewables shortlisted finalists earlier this month along with a team of judges including Norman Apsley, CEO of Northern Ireland Science Park and Jim Kitchen who works with the Soil Association and is a visiting professor at the University of Ulster.


Speaking on behalf of the judges, Michael Doran, Director of Action Renewables said; “We had a superb response to the awards again this year and the standards just keep getting better. It is wonderful to see so many worthwhile renewable energy and sustainability initiatives being implemented throughout Northern Ireland, and our awards play a key part in recognising these projects and rewarding the companies and individuals behind them. We were also delighted to see a number of new companies from both the public and private sectors entering this year, which further demonstrates the level of commitment that local businesses are showing to the development of the ‘green’ sector in Northern Ireland, and we look forward to celebrating their success at the event. ”Action Renewables 1