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British Renewable Energy Awards 2008

Date: 10 Jul 2008

Cornish renewable energy company shows real flare for solar

Distribution: Local Cornish media

West Cornwall's Plug Into The Sun, the county's first solar PV (photovoltaic) installer, is shining even more brightly following a great run to the finals of the British Renewable Energy Awards 2008.

Held at London's Café Royal, the awards recognise achievement in the UK's renewable energy sector, which are rapidly turning into the industry's Oscars.

Plug Into The Sun was short-listed for the best installer award, sponsored by renewable energy research company NaREC, which pitted them against industry giants such as the London Climate Change Agency and the European Marine Energy Agency.

This is a great achievement for the Cornish company who also won Best Low Carbon Business at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards last year and has now made the final six at British Renewable Energy Awards from a field of over a hundred entries.

Andy Tanner, Plug Into The Sun director, said: "It was a real honour to represent Cornwall in this way and compete against large national organisations. Last year we were placed as ‘runner-up' in the competition's Region Award, so we are delighted with our consistent high standards."

In a time when energy supply is a global concern and the economic down-turn is affecting the building industry, renewable energy forms like solar power will become vital both environmentally and economically.

"The increase in demand for solar energy is an indication that people are taking the idea that the earth's resources are finite seriously and alternative forms are needed", commented Andy Tanner. "It's also a win-win situation - a reduction in energy costs and less environmental impact".

REA's Chief Executive Philip Wolfe said: "These awards honour outstanding achievement in the British renewable energy sector and act as recognition of exceptional contribution, innovation and excellence in the industry.

The considerable number of high quality nominees displays the scope of talent and originality that exists within the industry".

Plug Into The Sun recently installed PV panels into St Just Cricket Club's new pavilion, which were officially opened by Edward Leverton the Regional Development Manager of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

St Just is the first club in Cornwall and one of the first in the country, if not the first, to have such an installation. It consists of twenty panels on the south facing roof generating up to 4.2kW of energy.