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Renewable champions announced

The managing director of Worcester Bosch was among the manufacturers, installers and innovators recognised by the Renewavle Energy Association at its annual awards.

Richard Soper received the Champion award at the Renewable Energy Association’s annual awards for his personal commitment to promoting and demonstrating the potential for renewable energy technologies.

Richard Soper said: “What an honour, everyone who knows me is aware that I am very passionate about the environment and to be in a position to promote and develop renewable technologies is such a wonderful opportunity for me. These products are the future and the more we can do to widen awareness the better.

“This award is for the whole Worcester team for their achievements over the past four years. As a company, I feel we have made a huge impact in delivering and promoting renewables, but there is still a very long way to go.”

His citation said: “Richard has used his personal commitment to increase the company’s involvement in the renewable energy sector.

“He has established renewable energy training courses and encouraged their tens of thousands of installers to get involved. He has installed a wide range of renewable technologies in his own home and made it available for training and educational purposes.”

The Award Winners:
Marks & Spencer
Natural Power
Renewable Energy Systems
Kirkburton Parish Council
Good Energy
Richard Soper, Worcester Bosch
The promotion of renewable technologies and sustainable company ethics led to Marks & Spencer winning the Pioneer Award.

The awards citation said: “Marks & Spencer has pioneered and encouraged the development
of wind and anaerobic digestion particularly amongst its food suppliers to assist in long term sustainable energy supply for the retail industry.”

Philip Wolfe, REA’s Executive Director, said: “The considerable number of high-quality nominees displays the scope of talent and originality that exists within this industry.”

Other award winners included Riomay which was named Installer of the Year for its large solar thermal development at Arsenal’s old Highbury ground. 

The company was also short-listed for the Innovator award while it’s Chairman, Tony Book, was short-listed for Champion of the Year.

Mr Book said: “We were delighted to win such national recognition across a range of awards against very stiff competition.

“Riomay has been specialising in solar technology for over thirty years and our reputation for quality and innovation has established us as leaders in the market.   It is good to have that fact recognised by such an august body as the REA.”

Other winners included:
Renewable Energy Systems - Advocate Award for its low carbon headquarters
ENERGOS - Developer Award for the green energy from waste plant on the Isle of Wight it is about to open.
Natural Power - Innovation Award for its laser anemometer which can measure winds speeds at various heights from ground level.
Kirkburton Parish Council - Region award for the implementation of a policy to promote microgeneration and energy conservation
Good Energy - Company award for the provision of green energy to consumers and the company’s long term commitment to providing solutions to climate change.

Picture shows Worcester Bosch's renewable training facilities at its training centre in Bradford