Harris to host Western Isles community energy conference

The Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub
The Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub

Community groups will meet at Leverburgh Hall in Harris next month for the 2018 Western Isles Community Energy conference.

They will explore a range of topics around the theme of local energy projects which can add value to locally-produced energy by using it near to where it is sourced rather than exporting it to customers far away.  CES Head of Development, Gillian Wilson, will lead a workshop for delegates.

The Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub is an example of how’ smart’ thinking can make the fullest use possible of a range of resources.

The Hebrides Hub, near Stornoway, encourages collaboration between fish farming, renewable energy and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (the local cooncil) to join-up inputs and outputs from businesses and public services.

Guest speakers from the University of Flensburg will present their analysis of the scheme, to give an international perspective and put the Western Isles in a European context.

Further topics include the potential for BPVs (battery-powered vehicles) and how to improve energy-efficiency in community buildings.

21 Feb 2018


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