Energy Minister and BBC Journalist to Chair Farmer-Focused Renewables Conference – Last Chance to Book

Land managers will have a unique opportunity to find out more about collaborative approaches to developing on-farm renewables projects at a free conference taking place in Argyll in November. The conference, ‘Sustainable Communities – the Way Forward’ will take place at Lochgilphead High School Joint Campus on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November and has been arranged in partnership with NFU Scotland.

BBC Scotland broadcaster Ken MacDonald will chair day one of the conference, which will explore what makes a sustainable community. Delegates will learn from good practice in sustainable development from around the world, before focusing their thoughts on how they can apply this good practice to their own communities.

Scottish Energy Minister, Jim Mather will chair day two of the conference, titled ‘Route to Market — generating income through renewable energy’, which is specifically aimed at farmers, crofters, estate owners and land managers. Participants will gain an understanding of proven routes to market involving collaboration between communities and landowners. In addition, there will be an opportunity to meet others wishing to develop renewables projects and learn about funding options for renewable technology development.

Jim McLaren, NFUS President said:

“There are many challenges when embarking on a renewable energy project. Ensuring that the maximum value from the project is retained in the local area is a key concern, after issues of planning permission, access to capital and securing the support of neighbours and local communities have been overcome. I believe that many of these challenges are linked directly to the issue of local community support, and that by securing an income stream from large scale renewable projects, the benefits can be felt by all those most closely affected.”

Lucy Sumsion, NFUS Argyll & Islands Regional Manager said:

“The conference has been organised at a weekend to give everyone the best opportunity to attend. The event is free with all refreshments and lunch provided. Some people may be interested in attending both days of the conference; however, you can just attend one of the two days. If you are currently thinking about the options for income generation from renewables then this event is for you.


To book a place for one or both days of the conference please contact Neil Donaldson at Big Green Tarbert T: 01880 821504, E: Please book by Wednesday 3 November.


Contact Lucy Sumsion on 01499 600154


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News Article No.: 148/10

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