AREG NEWS: Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group has announced the winner of its ‘Art of Renewable Energy’ photography competition.

October 18, 2021
AREG NEWS: Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group has announced the winner of its ‘Art of Renewable Energy’ photography competition.

Established 20 years ago, AREG as a not-for profit organisation works on behalf of its over 210 members to empower the energy supply chain to drive energy transition.

The photography competition, sponsored by the Falck Renewables, Orsted and BlueFloat Energy consortium invited photographers to submit pictures that reflect the changing energy mix and environmental challenges currently impacting communities and the planet.

After more than 60 entries, Ian Hastie from Stonehaven scooped the £250 cash prize for his shot of dolphins swimming near the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm. The image will be used as the front cover for AREG’s 2022 calendar. The twelve runner-up entries will also feature within the calendar and receive a prize of £75 each. The calendar will be launched at an event to be held at Aberdeen Science Centre later in the year.

David Rodger, CEO of AREG, said: “I would like to congratulate Ian and all of the winners on their stunning photographs which, ahead of the vital COP26 climate talks in Glasgow present an exciting view of the current and future potential for renewable energy in Scotland.”

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise