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David Connolly, IWEA with winner Paul Blount of Coillte. Pic by Conor McCabe

David Connolly, IWEA with winner Paul Blount of Coillte. Pic by Conor McCabe

David Connolly, IWEA with winner Paul Blount of Coillte. Pic by Conor McCabe

Wicklow's Paul Blount is Irish Wind Energy Awards (IWEA) Person of the Year.

Almost 400 people from Ireland's largest renewable energy industry joined broadcaster and commentator Ivan Yates at the second annual awards ceremony held in Clontarf Castle, Dublin, to celebrate another record-breaking year for the industry.

Twelve awards were presented on the night - highlighting innovation, excellence in training, work in communities, education initiatives, health and safety.

Paul Blount was chosen as the winner of the IWEA Person of the Year Award, which is nominated by IWEA staff. Paul was chosen for his outstanding contribution to policy work in IWEA through his work on various committees and working groups and his lead role in IWEA's 70by30 Report.

Paul is a member of the senior management team in Coillte's renewable energy business, joining the company as Portfolio Director in Jan 2019. Prior to this he was a Director of ABO Wind Ireland and has been actively involved in Wind energy development, financing, construction and operation for more than ten years. He is also a member of the DS3 Advisory Council and chair of IWEA's 70by30 Committee.

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