The National Trust is sometimes accused of being a bit anti on renewables by some uniformed people. But the award from the renewables industry in the Renewable Energy UK Wales Green energy awards as the ‘Outstanding Advocate Organisation’ I hope is testament to our commitment. We were against some big hitters in the world of development and sharing information. But based on the multi technology Hafod y Llan Snowdon demonstration farm, our commitment to community energy, the fit for the future network, workshop sessions and show and tell I have a feeling the opening statement has now quietly been put to bed. In a glittering occasion at the St Davids Spa Hotel in Cardiff Bay many friends, partners and contractors we work with were also finalists for the awards. Well done to Anafon Community Hydro for winning the ‘Engaging in the Community Award’ but also well done Grant Peisley at DEG and Neil Carmarthenshire Energy for getting the final this category. Also a big well done to assembly member Llyr Huws Griffiths for winning the political award. Or as we know him, Llyr the ex National Trust Wales team member who worked as part of the team when the Hafod y Llan hydro was a glint in the eye! Special mention to Gareth at Jones who was a rightful finalist for the individual outstanding advocate of the year. Or as we know him Gareth Zero Carbon Renewables who installed the 50kw PV system at Bodnant. Well done also to Gwynt a Mor off shore wind farm in N Wales. We were a finalist with them in the outstanding project category which Plas Newydd won last year. But being beaten by one of the largest off shore wind farms in the world is …ok
From the glittering occasion I was straight back up to North Wales to host the Welsh Historic forum event first thing on Saturday morning. Presentation in the morning on our hidden hydros both old and new and then a walk around Hafod y Llan in a mild monsoon in the afternoon. I feel more at home in heavy rain than 5* hotels but the coffee is much better in the hotel!