BELECTRIC UK is widely regarded as a “company to watch” within the solar PV industry, and we have the industry awards to prove it. These cover everything from an iconic and challenging solar rooftop installation to an innovative community energy funding concept.
Big60Million, a community benefit energy company created by BELECTRIC UK to share the financial, environmental and social rewards of our solar farms with local people, emerged triumphant at the two major industry award events of 2015. At the Solar Power Portal Awards, we saw off strong competition to win the Solar Finance Initiative award, designed to recognise smart new methods of providing funding that ultimately boosts UK solar deployment. The award was for Big60Million Solar Bonds, which allowed investors to earn an attractive rate of return while helping to finance clean solar energy projects. BELECTRIC UK was Highly Commended for Landmead Solar Farm, the largest ground-mount solar energy plant to be commissioned in 2014.
Big60Million won the Financial Product award at the British Renewable Energy Awards 2015. The award was presented by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) for “a financial product that has accelerated the deployment of renewables in the UK during the past year”.Big60Million works with local communities to deliver best-in-class solar farms offering investment opportunities, ecological enhancements and educational initiatives backed by BELECTRIC UK’s industry leading technical, construction and operational expertise. We were also commended for Big60Million in the Sustainability Initiative category of the Rushlight Awards 2014-15.
The PEA (People, Environment & Achievement) 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award winner was none other than BELECTRIC UK and Big60Million CEO, Toddington Harper. The PEA awards recognise “inspirational people who are making a difference to the green agenda”. Toddington cofounded BELECTRIC UK in 2010 and has since helped grow the company to become a major participant in the UK solar market, employing over 50 people. He and his team launched Big60Million in 2014, in response to conversations with people living near to proposed solar farm sites, to the UK government’s Community Energy Strategy, and to the International Panel for Climate Change’s report on the need for rapid solar deployment.
Our Lakeside Energy from Waste project near Heathrow Terminal 5, easily visible from slow moving traffic on the M25, was the Commercial Solar Rooftop Installation award winner at the Solar UK Industry Awards 2014. The 250 kWp installation required 1,000 solar panels to be installed on a south facing curved roof, with technicians using ropes to abseil down the rooftop surface close to a Heathrow flightpath. Each year, the system now generates over 230,000 kWh of clean solar energy and offsets 137 million kg of carbon dioxide emissions. The same project was highly commended in the Commercial Rooftop Installation category at the 2014 Solar Power Portal Awards.