Drumduff Wind Farm wins Sustainable Development Award at Scottish Green Energy Awards

Stefan Shaba, Emmet McLaughlin and Rob Forrest of GreenPower

We are delighted to have received the Sustainable Energy Award for Drumduff Wind Farm at the prestigious Scottish Green Energy Awards last night. This is a fantastic result for all involved in the Drumduff Wind Farm project, a joint venture between GreenPower and Thrive Renewables.

These awards recognise excellence within renewable energy and celebrate organisations, communities and people who are making the vital difference in shaping the future of renewables. The Drumduff Wind Farm project has transformed an abandoned open cast coal mine into a sustainable renewables project that will produce clean energy for years to come. The three turbine project now provides 6MW of clean renewable wind energy, an excellent example of our transition away from fossil fuels and into a sustainable future.

Last night’s award truly came as a complete surprise after being shortlisted alongside SSE’s Beatrice Offshore wind farm (soon to be Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm) and SSE’s Caithness-Moray Transmission Project. To accept the award last night were Monika Paplaczyk, Investment Manager at Thrive Renewables, Ian Pope, the former landowner of Drumduff and Emmet McLaughlin, Project Manager from GreenPower. Despite previous nominations, this is the first time GreenPower has taken home an award. The entire team should be extremely proud and thank you all for your hard work and dedication to this project.

Emmet McLaughlin, Senior Project Manager said, “I am delighted to collect this award on behalf of GreenPower. Being Project Manager for the construction phase of the project I saw first-hand the changes and environmental enhancements we have made to this former open cast coal site.  I am proud to have been part of a team to deliver this prestigious project and delighted that the site will, once again, generate power (cleaner this time!) for decades to come.”

Rob Forrest, CEO of GreenPower and Chair of Scottish Renewables, said “What a fantastic evening! The team at Scottish Renewables have put on another stellar event. It’s great to see such diversity in the industry, with award nominations coming from every corner of the Scottish renewables sector. Huge congratulations to all nominees, and it’s a delight that GreenPower and Thrive Renewables are taking home an award of our own for Drumduff Wind Farm. “

A fantastic night was had by all at the Scottish Green Energy Awards and we are already looking forward to next year’s event! Though I think we are all suffering for it today.