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This year’s Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) promises to be a momentous one for a number of reasons.
Not only are we celebrating the 5th anniversary of the event, but we have a new home too – The Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.
Then there’s the small matter of the Referendum on Independence and its impact on the future direction of the renewables industry in Scotland to consider.
Once again this year we’ll be focusing on the issues that matter to the people on the ground and involved in all aspects of renewables across the Highlands and Islands. From how to develop your own energy project to how to finance it, and perhaps most importantly how to get planning consent and a grid connection.
Join us at this year’s conference and see if we can make the right decisions together.
Early Bird Offer
SHREC 2014 will take place on Thursday 24 April at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, from 8am – 5pm
Book your place before 28 February to take advantage of our Early Bird Offer and pay only £50 + VAT (£75 + VAT from 1 March onwards). To find out more about conference themes and programme email Anne Macdonald or call 01463 795 012. For exhibitor and booking enquiries email Laura Amphlett or call 0141 227 9372.
On the day
SHREC kicks off with registration, networking and breakfast rolls from 8.00am with the main conference commencing at 9.00am.
As well as a great line-up of speakers on the main stage (Energy Minister Fergus Ewing led the way in 2013, pictured, and this year’s line-up will be announced soon), delegates can choose two of the following workshops to attend (one during the morning session and one during the afternoon session):
1. Development Decisions: you have a consent, what now?
This workshop is aimed at farms and estates and will look at the issues you need to consider once you have received a consent for a wind or hydro scheme and how best to take the development forward. We will hear from a panel of speakers including an Estate who have gone through the process, the land agents who advised them, a hydro engineer, the accountant, lawyer and insurer – the whole package!
2. Funding Decisions: how about doing things differently?
This workshop will look at new ways and models of raising finance – how about crowdfunding? What about forming a co-operative – we’ll hear from one of the very successful farming co-operatives who will share their experience or perhaps your interested in taking a stake in a commercial development – we can tell you how to go about this. Are you a community development and interested in the Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund or a rural business or community considering CAREs, do you want to look at Asset finance? If so, this is the group for you.
3. Getting Decisions: the big issues – grid and planning
There is no getting away from it, the biggest issues in a renewable development are securing the big “g” and the “p”. In this workshop, we will hear from the Highland Council and SNH with practical guidance on projects together with a restoration bond agent on the bond market. We have a full team from the grid connection side – SSE Distribution, SSE Transmission and National Grid and each will discuss the practicalities of securing a connection and the upgrades being effected to assist.