Power NI come out on top at Action Renewables Awards

Friday, February 08, 2013

Power NI has won an award at the prestigious Action Renewables Association Awards. The award for Best Community Project was presented at a luncheon in The Titanic Belfast, attended by all the finalists and guest speaker, Patsy McGlone MLA.

Power NI won the award for their community project, ‘The BIG Energy Saving Challenge’.

The project began back in June 2011 when Power NI selected six community groups from across Northern Ireland to compete for the chance to win £20,000 to spend on energy saving measures for their community.

For 12 months, Power NI mentors supported the groups on their energy saving journey, assisting them in introducing energy saving measures in their premises and wider communities, while educating residents on how to save money. The BIG Energy Saving Challenge was the first community-based energy competition of its kind in Northern Ireland.

Over 400 households and 1600 people took part in the project that saw Power NI donate more than £100,000 of energy efficiency funding to the six local community finalists involved.

Neil Coleman, Power NI Project Co-ordinator commented: “We are delighted to have received this Action Renewables Association Award. It is a great recognition for our work within the local community and credit must go to both all my colleagues involved in the project and the tireless work of the six communities.”

“Power NI is committed to helping educate and empower local communities to become more aware about energy saving and making their local areas more sustainable, we would encourage all local groups to join us in our new project this year.”


Photo caption: Green Goddess (Collette Dobson), Neil Coleman (Power NI) and Paula Keelagher (brites) pictured at the Action Renewables Awards