Thanks for joining us at CARES 2019!

This year’s CARES Conference was held at Perth Racecourse, 8-9 May. We enjoyed two days of inspiring discussions about community and local energy, and how this fits in to the wider context of action against climate change. If you were there, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

We'd like to thank all the speakers who gave their time and expertise, everyone who came along and contributed to the discussions, and the Scottish Government and our sponsors SSEN, Locogen and Triodos for helping make this event a success.

Here’s some useful information from the event.

Announcements: CARES Funding and new Good Practice Principles

We welcomed Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse to give our keynote speech, during which he launched the new Good Practice Principles for Renewable Energy Developments.

We also launched the latest round of CARES funding, open for applications until 24th June. To find out more about these announcements, read our news article.

Presentations from Day One: Inspiring Sustainability

Here’s a reminder of the full conference agenda >

Acting locally, thinking globally

David Edwards – presentation available on request

Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change (video)

Act now! Video messages from around the country 

CARES Support to take your ideas forward, Iona Hodge

Achieving sustainability goals

Colin Renfrew, Fyne Energy Ltd

David MacLeod, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Lucy Conway and Bob Wallace, Eigg Electric

Angela Williams, Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company

Learning sessions

Understanding Shared Ownership

What can Scottish communities learn from sustainable islands?

Local Energy Planning

Creating legacy from Community Benefit

Presentations from Day Two: Putting it into action

CARES Support, Chris Morris

Community and Local Energy – what next?:

- Andrew Morton, Local Energy Scotland

- Simon Morris, Ricardo

- Jodie Giles, Regen

- Gillian Wilson, Community Energy Scotland 

Learning sessions

Taking shared ownership projects forward

Developing solar projects

Community heat:

- David Lindsey-Hood, Locogen

- Matthew Black, Fintry Development Trust

- Ken Brady, Energy Saving Trust (notes)

Delivering community benefit funds

New opportunities in local energy:

- Andrew Morton, Local Energy Scotland 

- Jodie Giles, Regen 

- Gillian Wilson, Community Energy Scotland 

Local Energy Policy Statement

Pre-registered solar

We’re here to help

Finally, for those of you that didn't attend, we hope this information is useful, and we hope to see you at next year's CARES Conference. If you'd like to find out more about CARES funding and advice for your project, no matter what stage you're at, email us or call 0808 808 2282.