Community Renewables Finance School

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Weds 24th November/1st December/8th December 2010, Manchester

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Do you dream of a small scale hydro project or wind turbine where you live, but don’t know where to start? Is your community building crying out for a biomass boiler or a set of solar panels? Have you heard about feed in tariffs, heat incentives and paybacks and wondered whether your voluntary organisation could benefit?

This winter, Carbon Co-op and Carbon Leapfrog are running a series of masterclass sessions, practical, how-to guides for people interested in low carbon projects that will transform their communities and their environment.
Each session features advice from a panel of professional experts form the North West and the City of London. The emphasis of the programme is on sharing knowledge and experience and on practical solutions.

1. Inspiring Communities – engagement and planning
10.30-4pm, Wednesday 24th November 2010
Featuring a series of case studies, identifying key pitfalls and looking at monitoring. Featuring: getting going, communications, footprinting and engagement, renewables assessments, finance planning for communities and legal structures.

Prof Roy Alexander, Chester University
Dr Mary Gillie
Helena Farstad
Peter Andrews, Bath Community Energy
Giles Bristow

2. Finance and legal issues
10.30-4pm, Wednesday 1st December 2010
Governance issues, tax advice, options for investment, benefiting from incentives such as Feed In Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentives, the co-operative way, community finance options and project planning for finance.

3. Installation and maintenance
10.30-4pm, Wednesday 8th December 2010
Practical advice on low carbon technologies. Running and sustaining a project long term. Featuring a series of case studies/pitfalls/monitoring.

James Heather, Ham Hydro
Peter Harvey
Peter Capener
Jeremy Robinson, Bird & Bird

The masterclasses will be held at Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab), 40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN.

How to book
Places are free but limited and demand is high.
To book a place email or call 0161 408 6492. You can book on one or all sessions. Lunch is provided.

To confirm your place we require a returnable cheque for £40 dated after 8th December 2010 and made out to Carbon Co-op as a deposit. When you attend the workshop the cheque will be returned to you.

A limited number of travel bursaries are available to subsidise travel from outside the Greater Manchester region. Contact us for more information.

More information and the latest information on experts:

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