The first ever renewable energy industry awards for the agricultural and rural sectors are being pioneered at the Energy Now Expo 2016 with a prize pot of £3000 up for grabs.

The Energy Now awards will celebrate renewable energy schemes that demonstrate best practice and innovation on farms and rural businesses throughout the UK, highlighting how agricultural businesses are developing integrated schemes to deliver cost reductions, to make money, and contribute to the government’s renewable energy targets.

Judging these awards are three industry experts, Tom Beeley, CLA renewables advisor, Dr Jonathan Scurlock, NFU renewables advisor and Mark Newton, Fisher German partner.

“It’s about time we had awards for the rural and agricultural professionals, they will illustrate best practice and provide an opportunity for knowledge sharing, which will be key to ongoing delivery of renewable energy projects, given the changing renewable policy landscape” says Tom Beeley, CLA renewables advisor.

“Agricultural and rural businesses are large contributors to the growth of the renewables sector. I’m keen to see businesses which have successfully integrated a renewable energy scheme into their existing business model, enabling them to reduce energy costs and enhance productivity. It’s important that any projects use and distribute energy efficiently, and of course maximise the environmental benefits,” says Tom. 

The awards will recognise passionate and ambitions business minded people from each of the seven renewable sectors. So, if you have a business structure which successfully incorporates renewable energy in any of the following categories, you could be in with a chance of winning, with a £500 cheque on offer for each category:
  • Most carbon neutral farm;
  • AD and biogas;
  • Biomass;
  • Heat pumps;
  • Hydro;
  • Solar; 
  • Wind.
If you or someone you know has renewable scheme which is benefiting the business by using energy as efficiently as possible, it’s time to celebrate their success.

To be in with a chance of winning £500, apply online: The window to apply is short, so don’t delay. Get your application in, between November 28, 2015, and December 31, 2015.

The award ceremony will take place at the Energy Now Expo event on February 10 and 11, 2016. To find out more about the event and register online visit or call 01293 854405.