Pat Brett, Managing Director of Ecopower, has been presented with the Outstanding Leadership Award by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) at its annual Autumn Conference which took place in Kilkenny yesterday.
Recognising leadership and commitment to the sustainable development of the wind energy industry in Ireland, Pat was awarded the honour in recognition of his two decade long dedication to renewables and the fight against climate change.
Established by Pat Brett and Philomena Kenealy in 1996, Ecopower own and operate four wind farms in Kilkenny, Mayo and Donegal which combined produce over 34MW of electricity, enough to power approximately 15,000 homes across the three counties. From Kilkenny, Pat began his career in the Brett family haulage firm, Marble City Transport, which his brothers continue to operate, and has a business career spanning 40 years.
Commenting on the announcement, Pat said, “I am delighted to have been recognised as a leader in the industry. Behind every successful project is a great team of people so this isn’t just an achievement for me personally; it’s an achievement for the team at Ecopower. Our success is grounded in our integrated team working closely with local landowners and the wider communities ensuring healthy and long lasting relationships.”
Congratulating Pat on the award, Kenneth Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of IWEA said, “We are delighted to present Pat with this award, recognising his very significant contribution to the wind energy sector in Ireland. Pat has been instrumental in raising awareness amongst communities of the considerable environmental and economic benefits of wind energy. He is a wonderful ambassador for our industry and we wish him continued success in the future.”