CARES Conference 2023: Community action on renewable energy
CARES Conference 2023: Community action on renewable energy

CARES Conference 2023: Community action on renewable energy


  9am - 5.30pm

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Join us this September for our annual CARES conference which will take place in central Glasgow on Tuesday 19 September 2023.

The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) supports communities to engage, participate and benefit in the energy transition to net zero. This year we’ll be looking at how even more communities can take action on renewable energy, from decarbonising community buildings through to taking shared ownership in windfarms.

In our plenary sessions we’ll be joined by Gillian Martin MSP, Minister for Energy. We’ll hear from organisations and communities that are taking innovative approaches to community engagement as well as those that are working to decarbonise heat. We aim to bring you inspirational case studies as well as the policy and learning behind the action.

After lunch we’re running two sets of parallel practical sessions. Here you’ll be able to choose from workshops that include shared ownership, decarbonising community buildings, the latest information on heat pumps, and best practice in the use of community benefits. We’ve designed these sessions to help you understand what knowledge, skills, and actions you might need to develop your community renewable energy projects.

Throughout the day you’ll be able to meet Local Energy Scotland’s local development officers. You’ll be able to find out more about CARES and ask specific questions about existing renewable energy projects or an idea you might have that could be eligible for CARES support.

Please see below for our draft agenda and keep an eye out for updates!


The conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Cambridge Street, Glasgow G2 3HN.

The hotel is close to major public transport hubs. Cycle parking is available in the hotel’s underground car park.

How to book

The conference is free to attend, but you must book your space in advance.

Please note, the conference is primarily for communities with an interest in renewable energy. Please do not book multiple spaces if you are not from a community organisation. If you book a space and are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as you can so that we can reallocate it. We want to avoid wasting public funds on unused places as well as food waste.

Book online now. Remember to book your conference space and two workshop sessions.

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