PRESS RELEASE: Naked Solar Shortlisted for National Award

Excellence highlighted with shortlist for British Renewable Energy Awards

  • Shortlist released for the UK’s most prestigious awards for renewable energy and clean technologies
  • Shortlisted companies range from those operating across renewable heat, power, transport and energy storage
  • High volume of nominations received demonstrate resilience of the sector in the face of policy uncertainty

The shortlist of nominations for the 2018 British Renewable Energy Awards, the UK’s most prestigious awards for the renewable energy and clean tech sectors, has been released.

Shortlisted nominees will be considered by an esteemed judging panel on the 24th May. The full list of judges can be found below.

Newquay, Cornwall based Solar PV experts, Naked Solar have been shortlisted for the Installer Award. One of only five companies across the UK to be shortlisted for this prestigious award.

Managing Director, Tony Sampson, has actively pursued his passion for renewables within the community. He sits on the advisory panel for Business Leaders for Low Carbon, is an advisor to the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust and regularly delivers renewable technology and climate change presentations to educational establishments, businesses and at a variety of events.

2018’s awards received a high volume of nominations. While many remain concerned about how the energy market will be structured in the 2020’s the industry has also seen significant advancements in energy policy over the past year. Specifically, the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation passed through Parliament, the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan was published, amendments to the Renewable Heat Incentive tabled, the Industrial Strategy green paper published and funding introduced, and the 2040 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans was confirmed.

Commenting on the Awards, James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association said:

“The British renewable energy and clean tech sector adapted and innovated in the face of another year of policy change and business uncertainty. In the face of numerous ‘known unknowns’ posed by Brexit we received a high volume of nominations for companies that are transforming the market, continuing the excellence we have always seen from this industry even in challenging times.

“My deepest congratulations to this year’s shortlisted nominees, I look forward to seeing them at the Savoy on the fourteenth of June.”

Michelle T Davies, International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability, Eversheds Sutherland and one of this year’s esteemed judges said:

“From large companies to small, from community-based to corporate, the UK’s renewable energy and clean tech sectors demonstrate innovation, resilience, and adaptability year-on-year.

“The British Renewable Energy Awards showcase the best of the sector and I look forward to working with this outstanding judging panel to evaluate 2018’s brightest companies.”


Tony Sampson, Naked Solar Ltd, Managing Director shortlisted for the Installer Award said:

“Being nominated for an award never ceases to energise me. As our first British renewable energy awards this is particularly exciting for me and our team who are dedicated to deliver the best service that they can. This is fitting recognition for their hard work and efforts which this year has seen them battling the elements in wind, rain and even snow!”


For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Daniel Brown
Media and External Affairs Officer at REA
+44 (0)20 7981 0857


Shelley Sampson

Operations at Naked Solar

+44(0)1637 697009




Notes to editors 

The winning companies will be notified at a Gala Dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London on the 14th June 2018.

The shortlisted candidates are:

Communications Agency – for the communications agency that has done most to enhance awareness or championed positive change for renewables in key opinion formers, parliament, government or the public in the past year.

  • Pinstone Communications Ltd
  • Finn
  • Madano
  • The Whitehouse Consultancy
  • FTI Consulting
  • Interel

Community – for a community group that has been active in developing a renewable energy project or programme of installations in their area

  • Community-Owned Renewable Energy Partners (CORE)
  • Pixie Energy
  • Mongoose Crowd
  • Energy Garden
  • Communities for Renewables CIC

Company – for the company that’s done the most in the past year to advance UK renewables

  • Forest Fuels Ltd
  • Octopus Investments
  • Privilege Finance
  • Vivergo Fuels
  • Qila Energy
  • Barrow Green Gas
  • GENeco

Customer Service Recognition – for an energy supplier (including those supplying via a PPA) delivering customer service excellence or innovation whilst adding value to their customers.

  • Forest Fuels
  • Octopus Energy
  • Tonik Energy
  • Robin Hood Energy Ltd.
  • Total Gas & Power and Reactive Technologies

Energy Storage – for a live project (delivered or in progress) whether centralised, distributed or mobile and at any size.

  • Nissan
  • UK Power Networks
  • Skyfall Energy Ltd
  • redT energy storage
  • BSR
  • Low Carbon

Financial Leadership – for a financial product that has accelerated the deployment of renewables in the UK

  • Glenmont Partners
  • Triodos Bank
  • Barclays
  • Privilege Finance
  • RBS
  • Low Carbon
  • Elgar Middleton Infrastructure & Energy Finance LLP

Innovation – for an innovative renewable energy device or application that has achieved a major milestone

  • WElink Group
  • OVO
  • Octopus Energy
  • UK Power Networks
  • National Grid
  • Xergi/Stream BioEnergy
  • FlexiSolar Ltd
  • Gravitricity Limited

Installer – for a company that has excelled in the installation of renewable energy equipment

  • Cambridge Solar Ltd
  • Sungift Solar
  • iso energy Ltd
  • Naked Solar Ltd
  • Go Green Systems

Leadership – for an organisation that is mainstreaming renewable energy through the scale of its investment or its commitment to securing its energy needs from renewables

  • Foot Anstey LLP
  • Cannington Enterprises
  • Severn Trent
  • NextEnergy

Low Carbon Transport – recognising quality, commitment and innovation in low carbon vehicles – cars, vans, buses, road freight or on farm vehicles, powered by clean electricity or sustainable biofuels – and alternative vehicle fuels.

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Air Liquide advanced Business & Technology UK
  • Heriot-Watt University

Pioneer – for an organisation in a sector not previously associated with renewables that has now become involved and created a pathway that others can follow

  • Cambridgeshire County Council

Project – for a company that has developed an outstanding building-integrated, on-site or stand-alone project

  • Evo Energy
  • HoSt
  • Solar 21
  • FlexiSolar Ltd
  • Xergi/Stream BioEnergy
  • Saria / Refood
  • National Grid
  • Iona Capital Ltd

Smart Energy System – for a system that supports the roll-out, or take-up, of renewable energy and energy storage whilst enhancing value and usefulness.

  • OVO
  • Evo Energy
  • FlexiSolar Ltd
  • National Grid and UK Power Networks
  • Nissan

Sustainability – for an organisation using organics recycling to rethink their resource use or achieve zero waste

  • HoSt
  • Standard Gas
  • Boomin Amazing
  • Low Carbon
  • GENeco
  • VEGware

Young RE Professional – for an individual within the first 5 years of their career in renewable energy, who has already achieved success/impact and who has shown potential as a future leader in the industry.

  • Oorja Solutions
  • Bright Biomethane
  • UK Power Networks
  • Privilege Finance
  • BioG UK Ltd
  • Octopus Energy
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Eco Sustainable Solutions

The Judges’ Award will be decided by the esteemed panel of judges.

The esteemed judging panel is comprised of:

  • Polly Billington, Director, UK100
  • Ashley Ibbert, Director of Clean Energy at the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy
  • Virginia Graham, Chief Executive, REAL Assurance Scheme
  • Philip Wolfe MBE, Consultant, British Renewable Energy Pioneer
  • Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist & Policy Director, Greenpeace
  • Dr Nina Skorupska CBE FEI, Chief Executive, REA
  • Philip Selwood, Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust
  • Prof Patricia Thornley, Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, University of Manchester
  • Professor Goran Strbac, Imperial College London
  • Louise Kingham OBE FEI, Chief Executive, Energy Institute
  • Michelle T Davies, Partner, Head of Clean Energy & Sustainability, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Lab), Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change
  • Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Adviser, Renewable Energy & Climate Change, NFU
  • Dan Byles, Vice President of Living PlanIT
  • Prof Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Geography, University of Exeter


About the Renewable Energy Association (REA)

The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport and recycling. It is the largest renewable energy and clean technology trade association in the UK, with around 650 members, ranging from major multinationals to sole traders. For more information, visit:


About Naked Solar Ltd

Naked Solar are a Newquay, Cornwall based installer of Solar PV to both homes and businesses throughout the South West.Trading since 2010 their ethos of giving customers an informed choice with regards to renewables has seen them become the firm favourite within the industry and with customers. For more information visit:

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