Humber Renewables Awards honours East Yorkshire's green energy champions
GREEN energy champions celebrated success in their sector at the Humber Renewables Awards last night.
Training, innovation and business know-how were rewarded at a black-tie dinner at The Deep.
The evening began with a video address from Energy Minister John Hayes.
He praised the Humber region for embracing sustainable power, saying it could lead to hundreds of jobs and a technology revolution.
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Mr Hayes said: "Renewables already help to deliver energy security and green growth.
"Across the UK, renewable technologies could create up to 150,000 jobs across the country.
"I'm pleased to note many of those jobs and a significant amount of investment are in your area."
The awards were organised by Footprint Renewables, owned by the Mail's publisher, Mail News and Media.
In a speech congratulating last night's winners, account director Andrew Morton said: "Bit by bit, we are seeing green energy emerge as a crucial part of the Humber's economic landscape.
"This activity means it's even more important to pause, come together once in a while and chart our region's progress.
"If renewables is a signature industry of the Humber, then it needs its own awards event to match."
Each awards category had its own individual sponsor and the evening overall was sponsored by KC.
Commercial and finance director Sean Royce said: "Here and now, great progress is being made. You know that because you're doing it.
"We have been a powerhouse for the nation for generations.
"In the future, we can power the conversion to a low-carbon economy, give the UK vital energy security, keeping the lights on as fossil fuels deplete and saving the planet for our children's children."
Winners celebrated last night included industrial training charity Heta, which picked up the prize for Excellence in Skills and Training.
Judges said it not only identified training needs within the industry but also had a proven track record of supplying candidates for emerging careers.
Cottingham family business Humber Energy, which installs solar panels, was named top Renewables Start-up.
Its "rapid but controlled expansion" impressed the judges.
The University of Hull won the Humber Renewables Champion award.
It has invested more than £1m in renewables research over the past two years and judges said it was "advancing the stature, potential and reputation of the Humber, both nationally and internationally".