THE giant £2.6 billion Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm in the Moray Firth looks set to be among the winners at the Scottish Green Energy Awards next month.

Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm has three nominations in the short list for the awards which will be conferred in front of 1200 guests at a ceremony in Edinburgh on December 6.

The short list was announced yesterday by organisers Scottish Renewables and includes a nomination for the project to rid the Isle of Canna of polluting diesel generators. Shortlisted in the Best Community Project Award category, the initiative replaced dirty diesel with wind and solar power, saving more than 2400 tonnes of carbon dioxide over its 25-year lifetime – 98% of the island’s energy is now generated from renewables.

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Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “It’s impossible not to be bowled over by the quality of nominations we received for the awards this year.

“Our judges, as ever, struggled to pick even the shortlist, let alone the winners."

Headline sponsor EDF Renewables’ chief executive, Matthieu Hue, said: “The shortlist for the Scottish Green Energy Awards clearly shows the talent that exists within Scotland’s renewables industry.

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“I’m always encouraged by the enthusiastic and passionate people we have in this country who are making a very worthwhile contribution to our low carbon future.”