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Scottish Borders Community Energy Fair

Scottish Borders Community Energy Fair
Scottish Borders Campus 21st & 22nd May 2010

29th April 2010 Update

It’s looking good for a great event!!

With only 3 weeks to go, the response from community case studies, equipment suppliers and support agencies is such that we know that the community energy fair will be well worth attending!

We’re working very hard to ensure that everyone in the Scottish Borders and further afield will get to know about the Fair. Already Village Hall Management Committees, Sports Clubs and Community Centre Management Groups have received full details and they are about to be reminded that as people managing community buildings, it is in their (and their communities’) interest to come along.

Farmers are being encouraged to come and discuss the ‘hydro potential’ of their land with ‘Hydrobot’ and primary and secondary school children have just about filled all the workshops being organised by Katharine Cotter, Scottish Borders Eco-Schools Development Officer and Ruth Evans Schools’ Renewable Energy Officer from Community Energy Scotland. They will of course also have the opportunity to tour the exhibitions.

The event also appears on the websites of Visit Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and the Scottish Rural Gateway. The monthly publication ‘Border Events’ will include an advert and the Peebleshire News, Southern Reporter, Berwickshire News and Berwick Advertiser will carry half page adverts, week commencing 10th May 2010.

You will already know of the opportunity for you to have a part in the advertisement.

So what will there be for folk to soak up?

To start with, the market place in Scottish Borders Campus’s main hall will have more than 30 stalls to inform attendees about the services installers and suppliers can deliver whilst the 16 support agencies will provide
information about project support and the ever important funding opportunities. Simultaneously the school’s programme will be underway and throughout both days there will be a menu of seminar and question sessions for people to sign up to.

There will also be a choice of very informative and thought provoking DVD’s including ‘The Powerdown Show’ and ‘The Power of Stuff’

The following equipment supplier/installers/businesses will be present – if the organisation is leading a seminar it is indicated in the provisional list):-
Ecoliving/Nugenn Friday & Saturday (F+S)
Eaga Scotland (F+S (?))+Seminar
Renewable Resources F+ Seminar
Hydrobot F+S +’farmers’ consultation’
On Site Generation
Arctic Air Cumbria F+S + Seminar
Encompass F+S + Seminar
Heat Specific F+S + thermal camera demonstration
Hightae Heating F+S Icon Solar Energy?
Vokera F+S + Seminar
P.V. Roofs F+S(?)
Earth Energy F + Seminar
Rainwater Harvesting
Border Eco Systems F+S

The following support agencies will be present:
Forestry Commission
Scottish Borders Council Lottery and Community Grant Officers
Transforming Scotland
Eco House Design Advice
Royal Society of Arts / Heriot Watt University case study seminar
Scottish Borders Council Housing Energy Adviser
Master Composter
‘The Bridge’
Berwickshire Association of Voluntary Service
Solar Bus
Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber
Community Energy Scotland
Energy Savings Trust/Energy Advice Centre
Scottish Borders Leader Programme

The following will present case studies of community energy projects:
Douglas (S. Lanarkshire) St. Brides
Neilston Community Development Trust
Lauderdale ‘Powerdown’
Sustaining Dunbar
Fife Council Solar Project
Berwickshire Housing Association
Whitsome Ark
Carlops Parish Church of Scotland an Eco-Congregation
Selkirk Windfarm
Anaerobic Digesters

A detailed timetable will be available on the days of the event although it may be possible to email draft copies week before – let me know if this would be helpful.

And for those who have not yet signed up …… it’s not too late to join in!!!
I hope you will agree it will be worth your while to be part of the action! We can contribute towards reasonable overnight expenses so you can be here for the entire event.
There will be tea and coffee regularly served to exhibitors and don’t forget the Director of Planning’s reception at 1700 on the Friday…. it’s not too late to contact the organiser, Roger Hemming. mob 07784824493

Hope to meet you there!!!

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Date: 12/05/2010