European Partnership Projects
Community Energy Scotland is a partner in the Social Enterprises in Community Renewable Energy (SECRE) programme, a Northern Peripheries Project funded by the EU.
Part of the SECRE work to date has included building a database of case studies from across the Northern Peripheries region. Community Energy Scotland was pleased to complete 22 case studies showing the diversity of success across Scotland. These case studies will be contributing to work on best practice, helping social enterprises across the NPP region.
A partner meeting was held in Joensuu, Finland in May which some staff attended and participated in workshops on the nature and aims of the Common Power service, as well as attending a partner meeting in Northern Ireland. Jennifer Ramsay one of the Community Energy Scotland staff who visited Finland commented:
"Meeting with the other partners in Joensuu was fantastic; it's so great to learn of what is happening in other northern European countries. Sharing knowledge and experience will help us to work together to develop integrated guidelines and support for community-led renewables projects across the region. And it was great to see the Finnish winter - a meeting round a campfire was a new experience!"
We also organised and hosted a Joint Venture workshop toolkit pilot which took place in Dumfries and Galloway in May and attended the SHREC (Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference) to spread the word about the SECRE programme.
The team are working to develop and refine the future Common Power service. One member of staff attended the partner meeting in Isafjodur, Iceland and made initial agreements and plans to develop two Common Power pilot events, proposed to be held in Northern Sweden and Westfjords area of Iceland.