‘Best in Show’ Solar Design Award [NEW]
The new ‘Best in Show’ Solar Design Award will recognise excellence in the field of aesthetics and design, taking into account the surrounding areas, choice of equipment and consumer instruction. The category was open to all scales of solar installed in the UK after 7 June 2017.
C&I Storage Project of the Year
This category is reserved specifically for commercial and industrial storage applications in the UK and Ireland completed after 7 June 2017. These projects will be behind the meter and installed in non-domestic, commercial or industrial properties. All nominations included specific details of the installation, its application and the business model behind its completion.
Commercial Rooftop Solar Installation of the Year
The Commercial Rooftop Solar Installation of the Year award celebrates solar systems installed on the roofs of non-domestic properties, including commercial properties and public buildings, completed after 7 June 2017. Nominations included details of the system size, equipment used and details of the economic, electricity and decarbonisation benefits received by the owner, tenant, local authority, council or other non-residential recipient. This category was strictly limited to rooftop installations. Testimonials from the beneficiary, if available, were included.
Community Solar Installation of the Year
This award recognises solar installations where communities have either been involved in their development/financing, or are due to benefit substantially from community/social benefit funds linked to their construction. Only projects completed after 7 June 2017 are eligible for this award. Nominations included details of any fundraising programmes or share offers linked to the project’s development if applicable, as well as details of where benefit fund spending has been allocated for the good of local communities. Testimonials from local representatives, if available/applicable, were also included.
Contractor of the Year
The coveted Contractor of the Year award is handed to businesses which have gone above and beyond in the clean energy space, acting in an exemplary fashion and completing their works to the highest possible standard. Companies nominated themselves, included details of completed works, testimonials from clients and customers and a summary of what sets them apart from their competitors.
Ground-mount Solar Installation of the Year
This category is for solar installations of all sizes installed upon the ground in the UK and Ireland. All project types – private wire, grid-connected, etcetera – were eligible for this category as long as they have been completed after 7 June 2017. Nominations included details regarding the system’s size, connection, financing, equipment used and the names of all associated parties.
International PV Installation of the Year
The International PV Installation of the Year award recognises truly innovative solar projects completed outside of the UK and Ireland after 7 June 2017. Only projects matching these criteria were eligible. All types of solar project are valid (residential, commercial and ground-mount) and must represent the best practice the global solar community has to offer. Details of project specifics – size, location, any relevant subsidy support/financing agreement – were included.
International Storage Project of the Year [NEW]
The International Storage Project of the Year award recognises battery storage projects completed outside of the UK and Ireland after 7 June 2017. All scales of project will be considered for this award. Nominations included details such as the size, scale and scope of the installation, the services it is used to offer, any governmental support is has received, the technology used and benefits achieved to date.
O&M Provider of the Year
The O&M Provider of the Year award is to recognise either contractors or sub-contractors that have exceeded expectations in ensuring the UK’s solar infrastructure remains not just operational, but optimised to perform above expectations. Sub/Contractors could either nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. All applications included details of the services they provide, the portfolio under contract and testimonials from clients and/or customers.
This award will celebrate the most innovative products released on or after 7 June 2017. Products of relevance to renewable energy installers of various technologies and markets will be considered, including solar PV, battery storage, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency. Nominations included the product’s application, details of its benefit to installers or contractors and a summary as to why the product is particularly innovative or different to alternative solutions.
Residential Rooftop Solar Installation of the Year
This award recognises excellence in the field of domestic solar PV installation, focusing on projects completed in the UK market after 7 June 2017. Both individual installs and installation projects (i.e. housing associations) will be considered. Nominations included details of the system size and equipment used, as well as any available details regarding the benefit received by the consumer or resident. Any extraordinary design aspects or works needed to complete the install were also be mentioned where possible.
Residential Storage Project of the Year
The Residential Storage Project of the Year category recognises domestic-sized battery projects installed in the UK and Ireland after 7 June 2017. Only projects installed in domestic properties behind the meter will be considered. Individual installations will be considered alongside grouped installations under a specific project or roll-out programme. Nominations included battery specifics, any accompanying technologies used, details of any aggregation that might apply and benefits passed on to the recipient.
Storage Business Model Innovation of the Year [NEW]
New for 2018, the Storage Business Model Innovation of the Year award is designed to recognise the softer details behind storage applications of all sizes and scales. Nominations will be judged on the innovative approach to financing storage applications, looking into revenue stacks, any aggregation used and unique technical applications adopted for that specific project. Nominations were received from, but are not limited to, project developers, asset owners/managers, aggregators and financial institutions.
Transaction of the Year [NEW]
A newly-added category for 2018, the Transaction of the Year award replaces the Financial Innovation category of recent years. It has been designed to recognise completed financial transactions within the UK’s renewables space in 2017/18 including, but not limited to, project acquisition, refinancing, debt/equity raising and M&A activity. Transactions must have been closed after 7 June 2017. Nominations included details of what distinguishes a transaction from the crowd and any innovative details that might apply.
Utility-scale Storage Project of the Year
The Utility-Scale Storage Project of the Year category is for utility-scale energy storage projects connected in the UK and Ireland after 7 June 2017. Utility-scale projects are defined as battery storage installations conducted in front of the meter. Nominations included details relating to its application (peak-shaving, grid ancillary services, DSR etc), revenue stack, technology used and any recorded benefits.