Last year's CARES Conference 2016

The 2016 annual Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) Conference was focusing on how community energy can be a key player in the renewable energy industry moving forward. Through innovative financing, cutting-edge technologies and new partnerships, we will be exploring the potential of community energy, and how as an industry we can collaborate to achieve.

The free event took place in Stirling on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 March 2016 at the Golden Lion Hotel, 8-10 King Street, Stirling. Our agenda has been designed to allow delegates to choose to attend 15th or 16th or both days. 

  • Day one looked at Scotland's Energy Strategy, taking a local focus. We heard from an expert panel, joined by Mr Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism. The panel will be exploring opportunities and visions from a range of perspectives. The afternoon sees a spotlight on six local energy projects, covering a range of technologies and innovative approaches to success. We will then ask for feedback and input from delegates on local energy within the forthcoming Scottish Government's Energy Strategy.
  • Networking drinks and a conference dinner will be held following day one in the Golden Lion. This will end around 20:00 to allow delegates to catch public transport if desired.
  • Day two is an opportunity to explore topics in depth, covering finance, technical issues, project management and a range of other subjects. Hear from groups who have learnt from experience, and professionals in the sector. The afternoon includes an option to visit Callander community hydro, 15 miles from the town centre.

While we are pleased to offer the CARES conference as a free event to attend, please note that any delegates who book a space and do not show to the conference will be invoiced £35 per day, plus £20 for conference dinner, as relevant. Please cancel your space by March 4th if you can no longer attend.

The full conference programme is available here - please read in order to choose your preferred workshops as part of the registration process. 

We are pleased to offer a delegate rate for accommodation in the Golden Lion - please contact the hotel and quote "CARES Conference" to receive our reduced rate of £70 for bed and breakfast per room.

Our thanks to the Scottish Government and our sponsors for kindly supporting the CARES conference - Scottish Community Energy Coalition, Vattenfall and Scottish Renewables.

 A travel bursary is available to support community expenses to attend the conference, please contact us to find out more.

Please note that registration for the CARES Conference is now closed.

The free event took place in Stirling on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 March 2015 at the Golden Lion Hotel, 8-10 King Street, Stirling.