In the run up to the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in Spring 2014, on Thursday 13th February, the SFHA is holding a free to attend event for affiliate members to look at the potential for community energy and renewable schemes to be developed by housing associations and co-operatives.
Delegates will hear from speakers who have successfully developed renewable technologies in both new and existing properties such as solar panels and wind turbines as well as other low carbon energy options such as district heating and combined heat and power schemes. They will have the opportunity to hear about the challenges they overcame and the successes achieved, and discuss the benefits of generating an income stream that can fund new build affordable homes, upgrade existing stock and help reduce fuel poverty.
The event will also explore the possibility of groups of associations joining together to invest in renewable projects through a jointly owned subsidiary. There will also be an exhibition and demonstrations from companies specialising in renewable technology.
One speaker who is looking forward to be there is Nicholas Gubbins, Community Energy Scotland’s Chief Executive. He will be addressing the audience about community renewables.
Many Housing Associations have taken the lead in developing new district heating schemes and are looking to expand their renewable energy activities into other forms of generation. Recent grant awards to some housing associations include help to add solar photovoltaics to the portfolio.
“Housing Associations have a unique advantage. They have the financial strength to invest in renewables and a clear purpose – to benefit their tenants and combat fuel poverty.”
The event is relevant to anyone with an active interest in making housing more energy efficient, in particular those who are directly responsible for their organisations strategies and is free to attend. It will be held at the recently completed Emirates Arena in Glasgow it will begin with registration at 9.30am and end around 3.30pm.