Partnership approach to highlight renewables

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A WEALTH of information about renewable energy sources will be brought together under one roof next month.

Angus Council, Angus College and the University of Abertay Dundee are working together to organise the free Renewable Energy Showcase event, supported by the East of Scotland Rural Supply Chain Project, which will be held in Forfar on Saturday, April 27.

Councillor Mairi Evans, the council’s economic development spokeswoman, said the event will be an ideal opportunity for both businesses and home-owners to find out what alternative energy sources are available to them.

She said: “The increasing costs of oil and electricity, combined with the Scottish Government’s commitment to reduce energy and carbon commitments, are key drivers for businesses and local communities to consider their energy usage on a day to day basis.

“I am delighted that the council has joined forces with Angus College and the University of Abertay to bring this event to Angus, and I hope that businesses and individuals will come along on the day and learn about the steps they can take to save the environment and money.”

Experts and installers of a range of renewable technologies will be on hand to discuss the costs and benefits of the systems available and to answer questions.

Speakers representing local companies, Scottish Government-supported agencies and educational institutes will provide an insight into the key issues and barriers affecting renewable energy developments, government incentives and the support that is available.

Grant Withers, business development director with solar specialists Forster Group, said: “To meet the challenges of adapting to a low carbon economy in Scotland, Angus businesses have the opportunity to engage with the available renewable business opportunities at an early stage thus maintaining a competitive advantage.”

Bill Watson, owner of Angus Biofuels, added that long-term benefits of developing a renewable energy company outweigh the initial problems.

He continued: “The development of a renewable energy company can present many barriers initially, however, the time taken to gather background information can prove beneficial in the long term.”

The event will take place at Forfar Mart between 10am and 3pm with more than 20 organisations exhibiting at the event.

There are still free exhibition stand spaces available, and anyone interested in taking part should contact Robert Crow on 01382 308738.

Further information is also available online at http://localnet.abertay.ac.uk/events/ and http://enterprise.angus.ac.uk/events.