Tipperary Green Enterprise Award 2013

Tipperary North County Enterprise Board introduced a new Green Enterprise Award for Tipperary, in association with Tipperary Green Business Network to the Enterprise Awards this year. Two awards for Best Emerging Green Business in North and South Tipperary were also given. The Green Awards were presented by Seamus Hoyne, Head of Dept. LIT to the winners on Thursday night in Fiacri House, Tipperary.
Green Awards
The overall winner of Tipperary Green Energy Award sponsored by Tipperary North County Enterprise Board with (L-R) Patrick Lambe (Chairman, Tipperary Green Business Network), Joe McGrath (County Manager), Paul O’ Brien, (Solaregy) Mattie Shortt (Director Planning & Special Projects,  North Tipperary,  Co. Council)
 Overall winner Green Enterprise Award PaulO' Brien
Seamus Hoyne presenting the Green Enterprise Award to Paul O’ Brien, Solaregy Ltd, Templemore, Co. Tipperary. Solaregy was formed in 2008 by Paul O’ Brien as a renewable energy company to provide energy solutions for families across Ireland. In 2011 Solaregy opened its stove shop in Templemore and it is one of the leading suppliers of stoves across the country. They have the latest technology Thermodynamic solar panels which provide hot water 365 days of the year, no matter what the weather. All products are sourced in Tipperary including a range of stoves from Boru Stoves in Thurles.  sales@solaregy.ie
Best Emerging business In North Tipperary Nellie Reid
Seamus Hoyne presenting the award for Best Emerging Green Business in North Tipperary to Nellie Reid. Nellie is a green building expert with 15 years experience with the LEED rating system (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Since moving from Los Angeles to Tipperary in 2011, she has begun consulting on projects here in Ireland pursuing LEED ratings. She is on the Board of the Living Building Institute of Ireland. nellie.reid@yahoo.com 
TGBN winner 2
Seamus Hoyne presenting the Award for Best Emerging Green Business in South Tipperary to Heather Loughlin & Tom Pollard of Caravantasia. Caravantasia is an exciting new ‘Glamping’ (glamorous camping) development in South Tipperary. Visitors will stay in one of 6 restored vintage caravans, each with their own private outdoor area, situated amongst native trees on a 23 acre working farm. The site and all communal structures are solar powered and heated.
Tipperary Green Business Network is established in Co. Tipperary to take advantage of the emerging Green Economy, harness its job creation potential, with the longer term ambition of making Tipperary one of Ireland’s greenest counties. For more information about the Tipperary Green Business Network or if you would like to become a member please contact TIPPERARY GREEN BUSINESS NETWORK Coordinator on 067 56676/089 4171397 or by email at tipperarygbn@gmail.com Tipperary Green Business Network is part funded by the Local Enterprise Office, Tipperary, and supported in other ways by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, South Tipperary Development Company, Tipperary Energy Agency, and LIT, Thurles