Thank you for coming to CARES 2017

We hope you enjoyed this year's CARES Conference as much as we did. As promised, here's some useful information from the event. 

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Conference presentations and speakers' biographies

Take a look at all the presentations and speakers' biographies from the conference >

COBEN - developing a pilot plan in Highlands and Islands

We're looking for notes of interest from communities within the Highlands and Islands Enterprise region who are interested in developing a pilot energy plan for their local area.
Find out more >

Innovative Local Energy Systems (ILES) funding

As part of the Scottish Government's Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), ILES funding has been made available to support and accelerate development and delivery of innovative, local, low carbon energy opportunities across Scotland.
Find out more >

LCITP and its partners are also running a range of information workshops across Scotland during May.
Find out more about events near you.  

Business Rates relief guidance for community projects

The Scottish Government offers a package of relief to support community and local energy aspirations. They are: 

  • Rolling forward existing rates relief of up to 100% 
    This is for qualifying community and shared ownership renewables projects. Eligibility thresholds for shared ownership aspects have also been widened from 1 MW to 0.5 MW. 

  • Capping non-domestic rate bill increases at 12.5% (real terms)
    This is for existing small-scale (up to 1MW) hydro-schemes and is for 2017/18, as part of a wider measure covering other property types. There will be further support considered as part of the 2018/19 budget and other reliefs will be kept under review after 2017/18. 

  • A new 50% relief for District Heating Systems

Don't forget, other renewable developments could still be eligible for the small business bonus scheme (for which the 100% relief threshold has gone up to £15,000 rateable value). In addition, micro generation plant and machinery continue to be permanently exempt from non-domestic rates valuation. 

We're here to help

Finally, for those of you that didn't attend, we hope this information is of use to you too - 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 2288.