AN Auchincruive organisation that battles to reduce fuel poverty in local communities has won two awards for its work on energy efficiency.

The Energy Agency has been awarded the Regional Large Scale Project of the Year, in Glasgow, as well as Residential Building Energy Project of the Year at a ceremony in London.

The agency works in partnership with the local authorities of South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and NHS Ayrshire and Arran to create more energy efficient models for homes the area.

On accepting the award in Glasgow, Liz Marquis, director of the Energy Agency, added: “It is wonderful to receive recognition for these worthwhile schemes.

“We are working hard with our partners to reduce fuel poverty in local communities and improve quality of lives.”

Anne McGonigle, communications manager at the Energy Agency, said the awards were testament to how much hard work is put in by everyone on the team.

She said: “It was amazing to even be nominate for these awards, let alone win both of them.

“When you looked at who we were nominated against then it was some really big companies with a lot more fire power than we have, so it shows how much excellent work has been put in by all of the team and over a prolonged period of time.

“The ceremony in Glasgow was a great night because more of our team could make it to that night in comparison to the awards in Glasgow.

“Just being able to go to these events and see the work that all of these companies are putting in is amazing.

“I’m absolutely delighted for everyone on the team and everyone deserves to feel and immense feeling of pride for winning these awards.”

Face-to-face visits with home owners that have been working with the agency have been stopped due to the virus, but there is a strong desire to bring this back in very soon.