Deeside support for Renewable Energy Show

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Deeside renewable energy experts will be among the 30 standholders at the fourth Natural Energy Exhibition to be held at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on Saturday (September 29).

The renewable energy show is organised by Aberdeenshire Council, the Energy Saving Trust and the Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum and is specifically aimed at home-owners and small businesses.

Exhibitors will be promoting the full range of renewable options for householders, including insulation, wood fuel stoves and boilers, heat pumps and even small-scale hydro electric as well as the larger and more familiar wind turbines and solar panels.

Customers who have installed renewables will be on hand to share their experience and the programme will include a series of short talks on renewable energy. The event is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm and entry is free.

Lumphanan plumbing and heating contractor, Stuart Sugden of Sugplumb, will be among the exhibitors and is looking forward to discussing the various renewable options with visitors. He has expanded his business to include air sourced heat pumps, solar thermal panels and wood pellet boilers and has recently achieved accreditation for the installation of Grant Spira boilers.

“Renewables is the future of the industry which is why we have become involved in the provision of a number of renewable technologies,” said Mr Sugden. “I took part in the event last year as an adviser in the “customer corner” and found it very worthwhile.”

The Scottish Government has set challenging targets for renewable energy and CO2 emissions by 2020, including 100% of electricity demand, 11% of heat demand and 30% of overall energy demand.

“The headlines are dominated by big, highly visible projects such as wave and tidal schemes and on and off-shore wind farms but 30% of UK primary energy is consumed in the home,” Brian Evans, one of the organisers, points out.

“There are 27 million houses in the UK, including 200,000 in the North-east, so the domestic uptake of renewable energy will play a big part in achieving Government targets.”

Mr Evans said the exhibition will focus on insulation, low-energy housing and small-scale renewable systems, supported by technical advice.