Andy Baird, managing director of Planet Solar has received the award for Outstanding Contribution to the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland at the prestigious Action Renewables Energy Awards which took place in the Stormont Hotel last Thursday.
One of the key architects of Northern Ireland’s solar industry, Andy has been quietly building clean electricity capacity across the region and over the past ten years has laid the foundations of today’s solar market.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Michael Doran, Director of Action Renewables said; “The main aim of the awards today is to reward those companies and individuals who have introduced renewable energy initiatives within their businesses and who are leading by example while lessening their environmental impact.
“There are so many worthwhile renewable energy and sustainability initiatives being implemented throughout Northern Ireland and our awards play a key part in recognising these projects. No one can predict how the solar market would have evolved without the foundations Andy has laid and his track record, experience, professionalism and integrity represents the benchmark for the very best in solar.”
Andy launched Planet Solar in 2012, a rigorously ethical, design and performance led PV specialist. The company designs solar to last the life of the building with unique 40 year performance warranties, and has fast become one of the most trusted solar companies for exceptional advice and design standards.
Speaking about his win Andy said, “I am delighted to receive this award today. Building credibility in solar was incredibly tough-going in the early years. Today we see solar on homes, schools, factories and across public sector buildings. Our industry is immensely innovative and I am delighted that Northern Ireland is now very much part of the global mega-trend in solar. I owe a very special debt of thanks to the hundreds of brilliant customers I’ve worked with over the years. One of the longest standing of which supported my nomination. 2014 marks a decade of working in the N. Ireland renewable energy sector and I am looking forward to the next ten years of developing and advancing solar across Northern Ireland.”
Pictured: Andrew Ryan of Tughan’s who sponsored the Awards, Andy Baird of Planet Solar, Genevieve Porter the Green Goddess and UTV’s Jamie Delargy