A solar installation built adjacent to a natural gas-fired power plant in Florida; a hydroelectric plant needed to meet an expected 6 percent annual growth in Chile; a coal-fired power plant that also burns biomass in Virginia; and a solar power plant built on a former lignite mining strip in Germany. These projects and more are some of the past winners of the Power Engineering and RenewableEnergyWorld.com Projects of the Year awards.
Every year, we honor the best of the best from around the world in natural gas, solar, coal, wind, nuclear, biomass, geothermal and hydro/marine. Awards are given out during a gala event the day before the start of POWER-GEN International and Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America, which runs this year from November 12-14 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. But first, you have to nominate your project!
So how does that process work? Simply go online, answer the questions, let us know that you will cooperate when we ask for pictures and information and you’re all done. The editors at both magazines do the fun part of judging every single nominee based on a set of criteria ranging from environmental impact to innovation to how the community benefits from the project among others. We pick the top two scores in each category and those two projects get to come to Orlando to find out if they walk away with the coveted prize (both the winner and the honorable mentions get a trophy and recognition, so nobody leaves empty handed).
There is no rule as to who can nominate a project. Whether it’s the project owner or a contractor, anyone can show how proud they are of their work. The awards are not just limited to new builds, either. We have given awards for retrofits and/or upgrades, uprates, repowers or fun and different projects. A brewery that used their own byproducts to keep the beer flowing and the lights on and Entergy going wireless to help monitor a nuclear power plant in Louisiana are a couple of examples of projects that weren’t power plants.
Ground rules: Projects had to have come online between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, which is also the deadline to get your nominations in. You must agree to send in photos or whatever additional information is required and you must attend the gala on November 11 at the Hard Rock Live. Who wants to miss out on a three-course meal, cocktails and music (which is free for eight attendees coming on behalf of the finalist project!) plus a shiny trophy to boot?
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