CARES Conference 2018

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18-19 April 2018, The Corinthian, 191 Ingram St, Glasgow, G1 1DA

Bookings for the conference are now closed, however we still have some places available for community groups. Other interested parties can be put on a waiting list for places. If you're interested in booking one of these places please contact

It’s an exciting time for the local energy sector. The Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy has been published giving a clear direction on the whole system approach needed to meet Scotland’s ambitious targets, and the pivotal role communities will play in the development of innovative local energy systems.  

Join us in Glasgow on 18 and 19 April at the CARES Conference 2018 to explore the big opportunities for community and local energy in this new energy landscape.

On day one we’ll focus on new approaches to the challenges posed in meeting the 2030 targets. On the second day you’ll have the opportunity to find out more about the range of funds and support available to help you get your local energy project up and running. Come along to be the first to hear about the new package of CARES support that we’ll be launching during the conference. 

Community organisations are eligible for a travel bursary to help you attend the conference. You can request an expenses form when you sign up. 

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Day one: 2030 approaches to local energy projects

We are delighted to be joined by Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, who will be delivering our keynote speech, and we will hear from a number of successful energy projects. 

Over the last few years funding targeted at innovation and partnership working has enabled new delivery models to emerge and new opportunities for communities to be involved in this new energy transition. We’ll explore these exiting new models in detail.

At our learning sessions you will be able to find out more about the new models for community energy, the local energy planning process being trialled by the COBEN project and the opportunities to get involved in projects being taken forward by energy developers in your area.

We hope you can join us for the conference dinner/ networking reception, sponsored by SSEN, where you can mull over the day’s discussions in an informal environment.

Day two: Into action

Day two is focused on giving you all the information you need to take a project forward. The Scottish Government will give an overview of the opportunities for communities to get involved in innovative local energy systems and we’ll be launching a new package of support through CARES that enables projects to develop that work within the evolving energy system and new energy markets.

You’ll hear about current funding opportunities and the support available to help you, whatever stage you are at in your project development. You can find out more about the options for using reused and refurbished turbines to help financial viability and about how communities are being empowered to take projects forward. 

We’ll also be discussing the Scottish Government’s Good Practice Principles on community benefits from onshore renewable energy developments and shared ownership of onshore renewables energy developments. We’ll be looking for your input in the consultation sessions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The conference is free to attend and is aimed at communities involved in or looking to explore local energy projects, and those working alongside communities to help make this happen.

Our thanks go to the Scottish Government and our sponsors SSEN for kindly supporting the CARES conference

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