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Workshops for low carbon projects in the Highlands and Islands

Community groups and businesses interested in finding out more about developing and deploying low carbon projects are welcome to attend free workshops this month

The workshops will be hosted by The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) which recently launched a new £10m funding call for innovative local energy systems.

It is currently offering Stage 1 support of up to £100,000 for projects to support the costs of developing investment-ready business proposals.

LCITP is a working partnership between the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust and sector specialists. It offers a range of support including project development, expert advice and financial support for private, public and community low-carbon energy projects.

This funding targets rural and remote areas of Scotland, small towns and settlements and areas which are off the gas grid.  Successful projects will show a potential for increased energy efficiency, reduced emissions and a boost for remote communities through smart, local energy systems.

The deadline to apply for this fund is 16 June and more information as well as advice will be available at workshops held in the following areas:

Stornoway – 12 May, HIE offices, 12-2pm

Wick – 16 May, Pulteneny Centre, 9:30 – 11:30am

Inverness & Elgin – 17 May, Royal Highland Hotel (Inverness), 9:30 – 11:30am; and Laichmoray Hotel (Elgin), 1-3pm

Lerwick – 22 May, HIE offices, 1-3pm

Oban – 25 May, Scottish Government Rural Payments Offices, 1-3pm


Caoimhe McCarthy, low carbon energy systems programme manager at HIE, said: “The programme aims to support the development of substantive private, public and community low-carbon projects across Scotland through the provision of development support, expert advice and funding.

“The fund will promote smart energy and low carbon solutions in rural areas. More information and advice will be available at the workshops and we look forward to hearing about innovative energy systems planned in the Highlands and Islands. We shall work with them to support the development of plans to become a reality.”

Anyone interested in attending a workshop can find more information, including a workshop registration form at http://bit.ly/2oYeySB

There will also be a workshop and the opportunity for one-to-one discussions at the Team Scotland stand with a member of the LCITP team at the All Energy conference in the SECC, Glasgow on 10-11 May.

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