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Free seminars to help businesses improve green credentials

20 July 2010

Highlands and Islands businesses are being invited to a series of evening seminars to explore how introducing green energy could reduce their bills and bring in additional income.

The sessions which begin on Wednesday (July 21) are being run by the Sustainable Energy And Micro-renewables (SEAM) Centre at its Inverness College base. In a joint project with forest management partnership Highland Birchwoods, businesses can learn about the incentives available for producing their own heating and electricity.

The SEAM Centre was established at Inverness College UHI through support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Scottish Government's Community And Renewables Energy Scheme (CARES) administered by Community Energy Scotland. The facility works with local businesses to support their entry to the small-scale renewable energy and low carbon market.

Andrew Patience, Senior Development Manager for HIE's Energy Team said: "Business and home owners can work to improve their green credentials by introducing a micro-renewable device to their building and generate an income by doing so. This seminar will highlight the funding options for micro-renewable systems and look at how the Feed In Tariff and the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive offer financial returns for those producing energy for own use, or by providing excess to the grid."

About Highland Birchwoods
Highland Birchwoods was formed in 1992 as a partnership of the Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to promote best practice in the management of woodlands and forests to:

  • improve conservation and biodiversity values
  • deliver sustainable rural development
  • enhance recreational, landscape and amenity facilities

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