Stroud solar company wins national sustainability award


An innovative company based in Stroud have won a national award which congratulates people and innovations helping to turn the idea of a greener world from hope to reality.

The People Environment Achievement Awards has awarded Heliomotion its winner in the energy category for innovations or technologies that help to save power, reduce demand or generate clean energy.

Sir David Attenborough is also a finalist for a People Environment Achievement Award.

Heliomotion is an innovative, high efficiency, dual-axis tracking, solar power plant for residential and commercial use. By following the sun in two-axis, and using high efficiency solar panels, a Heliomotion solar panel delivers 30-60% more energy per year than conventional roof mounted solar panels. It’s made by a Danish company and their UK arm is in Stroud and run by director, Melissa Brigg. The judges were really pleased to see this great initiative that promotes renewable energy, and has a passionate woman at the forefront. They commended Melissa for ‘seeing a problem and then solving it.’

Melissa and Heliomotion are in good company. To mark the awards’ 10th anniversary this year, a special category has been introduced: Eco-Hero of the Decade. The shortlisted finalists for this award are Sir David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg and Caroline Lucas MP.

The judges of the P.E.A Awards included Jo Wood, ex-wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and founder of Jo Wood Organics and a Bee Guardian; Cat Fletcher, founder of UK website Freegle where 2.7 million people give rather than throw away unwanted stuff for free it; Michelle

Senecal De Fonseca, Vice President and sustainability driver at company, Citrix; and Katie Hill, founder & editor-in-chief of green living magazine MyGreenPod (a supplement of The Guardian newspaper).