9th April 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak may have prevented the Highlands and Islands’ renewables sector from gathering physically. However, it can’t stop us from celebrating the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) on 30 April.

That’s why, for the first time ever, Harper Macleod LLP are going to deliver a digital SHREC experience.The full SHREC has, of course, been postponed, with both the conference and the Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards now being held on 24 September.

What can you expect from virtual SHREC

To allow for as any people who are interested to view the virtual SHREC, Harper Macleod are planning to deliver a recording of the conference to your inbox on 30 April. 

Originally, the 11th Annual SHREC was set to tackle the theme of climate change and take a wider look at the environmental and economic benefits that renewable energy brings to the Highlands, Islands & Moray. 

That will still be a theme, but led by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, speakers from the original SHREC programme have agreed to deliver their insights which will no doubt reflect the sector’s, and the country’s, coronavirus experience.

Other contributors include David Bone, Head of Energy and Natural Resources at Harper Macleod and the only man to have spoken at every SHREC, Audrey MacIver, Director of Energy and Low Carbon at HIE, and George Baxter, Director of Development at Green Power International, one of the leading independent renewable energy developers in the UK.

The law firm are also delighted to say that Nicky Marr, who will once again host the Awards when they take place, will still host a panel discussion. Nicky is going to be joined in video conversation by a panel of people looking at renewables in the Highlands and Islands from a different perspective, including:

  • Terry Stebbings is the co-founder of Proterra Energy, which was set up in 2012 to design and install micro hydro schemes in Scotland;
  • Ryan Felber is the local Implementation Adviser at Resource Efficient Scotland, which helps organisations reduce costs by saving energy and water, reducing raw materials use and managing waste efficiently.

These local organisations incorporate renewable and energy efficiencies into what they do and they’ll share the reasons for doing so and their journey to where the currently find themselves.

Get involved

While SHREC won’t be live, Harper Macleod would love for you to get involved. 

If you have any questions you would like the panel to discuss, please email DigiComTeam@harpermacleod.co.uk by Monday 13th April.

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