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CO2Sense’s trip to Local Energy Scotland

March 7th, 2014 | 3:19 pm

On Wednesday the 5th of March, CO2Sense took a trip to Glasgow and attended the Local Energy Scotland conference.

The sheer number of attendees made one thing clear; Scotland’s community sector is booming. In addition to the region’s abundant renewable resources, the support of experienced commercial developers, consultants and funders is enabling the community sector to grow quickly.

One of the key themes throughout the event was partnering. From speaking with a number of commercial developers, we found that there has been a significant increase in commercial & community partnerships. Community groups can often lack the skills and capacity needed to take projects forward, so partnering can provide an excellent way to do this. This is timely with DECCs recent consultation on communities’ right to buy into commercial schemes; to which CO2Sense have contributed via the Renewable Energy Association.

Another important theme was knowledge sharing. The conference hosted many well established community groups who have projects either completed or under construction. As such, they were able to share the lessons they have learned with an increasing number of newer groups, keen to get their projects started.

We were also pleased to be able to share our own experience and knowledge. Through attending the different workshops; we found that newer community groups in particular were keen to seek our insight on attracting finance and project development. As an organisation which looks to support community projects with advice as well as funding, we will be sharing some of our knowledge through our website in the coming months.

CO2Sense is an experienced funder of community projects and offers a number of financial products suitable for different stages of the project development process. You can see examples of our work in this area on our website. We invite applications for the funding of community projects from across the UK. To find out more please contact Kulraj Heer on 0113 247 3848 or e-mail kulraj.heer@co2sense.co.uk.

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