Partners

Airvolution Energy

We develop, construct and operate onshore wind projects across the UK backed by a secure funder. Our aim is to have the least impact and most benefit to the communities in which we operate. Our team have local knowledge, technical experience and a long track record of successful projects.

Banks Renewables

Banks Renewables develops renewable energy solutions to meet society’s increasing demand for electricity and heat.  We are committed to generating power from renewable technologies such as wind farms, whilst adopting our Development with Care approach. This approach is central to the aims and objectives of our business and it ensures that we conduct our activities in a responsible manner with consideration for the environment, for local communities in which we operate and for our customers, employees and suppliers. Furthermore, we are firmly committed to ensuring that we develop high quality, sustainable projects and not only comply with all, but strive to exceed, regulatory requirements.

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group is one of the largest publicly-traded pure-play renewable power platforms with operations across North America, Latin America and Europe, and a portfolio totaling more than 7,000 MW of installed capacity. In the UK, Brookfield has over 25 MW in operation or under construction and a development pipeline of ~1,400 MW.

Burcote Wind

Burcote Wind is an independent, forward-thinking renewable energy company based in Dunfermline, Scotland, but active throughout the UK.

We specialise in onshore wind energy projects from the identification and design stage right through to construction and operation.

At every stage, we involve local communities to make sure they get the information they need and reap the rewards from having a wind farm in their area.

We believe passionately in the need for renewable energy but are also acutely aware of the necessity for sensitive and sustainable development. This means we take great care to make sure our wind farm proposals are sympathetic to the needs of local people and the local environment.

With climate change already making its impact felt, we believe that the UK has an opportunity to capitalise on its unique wind resource to move away from damaging fossil fuels to clean, green, limitless wind energy.

 

Business Gateway

Whatever stage your business is at, Business Gateway offer a wide range of professional resources and support. All are designed to help you learn new skills, create opportunities and develop strategies for a sustainable business. These include:

  • The bgateway.com website is full of information to help all businesses. You'll find advice on important issues such as details on legislation affecting your business sector, marketing on a budget, starting a business and employment.
  • Business information - a dedicated team providing information and support on all aspects of starting or growing a business. 
  • Business Gateway offices across Scotland. Our offices offer support and information to you and your business at any stage. Whether you are looking to identify sources of funding, would like to network with other businesses or need advice on tax, marketing or sales, your local Business Gateway office should be your first stop. Each office also has strong partnerships with a wide variety of professional organisations.
  • Workshops and events - free practical workshops and events throughout Scotland.
  • Business Enquiry Service - Our dedicated team can answer your business questions Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. As well as answering queries they can help you with finding workshops in your local area, provide information about what support is available and put you in touch with your local office. Call 0845 609 6611 or request a free callback to speak to our Business Enquiry Team.
  • Business Advisers - Our network of experienced advisers can help you grow and develop your business.
Community Energy Scotland

Here is a flavour of what we at Community Energy Scotland do on a day-to-day basis.  Please explore our website to find out much more about our work.

Advice and Support
We provide detailed, independent and ongoing support for all aspects of community energy project development, from micro to megawatt scale; we help broadcast the specific difficulties faced by the community sector; and by bringing communities and policy makers together, we try to find new ways forward.

Service Contracts 
We deliver service contracts such as the Big Lottery’s Growing Community Assets (GCA) fund, as well as regional contracts, and even international support in Malawi.  All have the same aims as Community Energy Scotland, which is to support communities in renewable energy projects.  See here for our full list of individual programmes.

Representing Communities
Community Energy Scotland represents our members and community organisations at policy level and helps keep community energy in the forefront of relevant organisations such as DECC, OFGEM, SSE and National Grid etc.  We also promote community energy in new developments such as decentralised energy. Please contact our development team to find out more.

Networking Communities
Community Energy Scotland is a membership-based organisation.  Members can share knowledge and connect to other Member groups who are developing, or who have already developed, community energy projects.  Read more about how to join up and the benefits here.

Community Windpower Ltd (CWL)

Community Windpower Limited (CWL) are committed to working with Scotland to increase renewable energy development and deployment, to tackle climate change and boost the economy. CWL are committed to supporting local people and their businesses, as demonstrated by our ‘Buy Scottish’ Campaign and Memorandum of Understanding with Wind Towers (Scotland), located in Campbeltown. It is a valuable and crucial aspect of all our projects as we maintain our commitment to Scotland and its Green Energy Industry, with investment into the Scottish economy being paramount. Through our seven operational and consented projects, we have invested £300 million to date (July, 2014). This will increase to £700 million by 2017 and £1 billion by 2020 as our pipeline of projects is built out.

Crichton Carbon Centre

The Crichton Carbon Centre is a not-for-profit, post graduate teaching, research and consulting organisation.  Founded in 2007 in response to growing concern about climate change, the Centre continues to provide active leadership in promoting the transition to a low carbon society.  Our strong scholarship base keeps us at the forefront of current knowledge, enabling us to provide advice that is built on the most up to date information and understanding. We undertake grant funded projects and commercial commissions, working with individuals, communities and a wide range of organisations, including businesses, social enterprises, schools and colleges, government, universities and public institutions.

Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce

Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce is run by local business for local businesses.  The Chamber operates within Dumfries and Galloway and is part of the UK and worldwide network of Chambers through its affiliation to Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

The Chamber delivers a wide range of services to members including:-

Services - Including HR service, Legal Insurance, and Healthcare and merchant services all free or at competitive rates.

Training – annual calendar of events at reduced membership rates – including Meet the Buyer events and surgeries 

Networking – numerous free or discounted networking events and an annual lunch which is now the biggest business to business event in the region.

Representing business – as the voice of the local business community lobby regional and national policy makers.  Organise the biannual Regional Business Awards celebrating the best in local business.

Communications – regular e newsletter to an extensive database of local businesses.  Up to date information on the web site www.dgchamber.co.uk

Dumfries & Galloway College

Our College is located in the beautiful south of Scotland, the gateway to three countries - Scotland, England and Ireland; the perfect location to learn, live and explore. We are one of Scotland’s newest colleges with state of the art facilities and the latest in learning resources and technologies.

To meet the needs of our learners we are developing new flexible ways of delivering the curriculum, and with the development of new progression opportunities to higher education through the ground breaking partnership with our university partners on the Crichton Campus, we are at the leading edge of developments in Further and Higher Education in Scotland. It’s a journey we intend to continue, and we hope that you will join us.

We believe in putting learners at the heart of what we do and work closely and effectively with them in partnership with our Students Association to review and improve our provision to make sure it meets your needs. So, whether you are looking to further a full or part time career with suitable qualifications, pursue a full time further or higher education course, or simply spend some time developing new skills, we believe we have the programme for you.

Dumfries & Galloway Council Business and Enterprise Team

Business and Enterprise team is part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Planning and Environment Services.  The main focus of the Business and Enterprise team is to deliver local and regional economic development through the support for the region’s small to medium sized enterprises (SME) which forms the majority of the Dumfries & Galloway business base.  The team operates support programmes such as the Business Gateway and Financial Assistance to Small Business (FASB) grant schemes.  A key focus for the Team is to support the development of key economic sectors, such as Tourism, and in particular working with the private sector / industry leads to do this.

The Team also provides economic strategy and performance services which supports external funding, identifies future opportunities for intervention and monitors progress against the business plan targets.

Dumfries and Galloway Council Employability Team

The Employability and Skills Service provides business support for businesses in Dumfries and Galloway through our Total Access Point (TAP) for Employment as part of its wider remit to provide employability support for young people and adults who need additional support.

DG TAP acts as a single point of contact for employability services across Dumfries & Galloway The service has been developed in response to the requests of small and micro sized employers (SMEs) who have asked for a single point of contact through which they can access all employability related services in a streamlined approach. DG TAP aims to align activity so that our SMEs can better access the range of support that is available them, supporting them to grow their business through better recruitment and training and making access to support more employer-friendly’.  Working in partnership with other services DG TAP can provide help with recruiting an apprentice or trainee and can also help access a number of financial incentives as well as being able to support existing workforce development.

DG TAP provides services on a one to one, outreach basis at the employer’s business base.  Given the rural nature of our region, the outreach model of delivery has been very successful and employers are reporting that they are pleased to have support services engaging with them on their own premises, saving them time, effort and money. DG TAP is also able to encourage engagement with other business support services and signposts appropriately to local provision.

In its first year of delivery DG TAP has engaged with over 300 businesses with a quarter of these businesses having engaged with services for the first time. As a result of these interactions, over 100 new posts have been created using our Young Recruits Wage subsidy scheme. Dumfries and Galloway Council have invested additional resource in supporting DG Tap to continue to support job creation with an investment of over £500,000 to support the creation of an additional 400 jobs over the next three years. For more information on how to access the services of DG TAP please contact the service at dgemployability@dumgal.gov.uk  

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.

Our lobbying arm - led by the Westminster Press and Parliamentary office - puts pressure on the Government in Whitehall and EU institutions in Brussels, and put the issues affecting FSB members over to the media. The FSB also has Press and Parliamentary Offices in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast to lobby the devolved assemblies. Development Managers work alongside members in our regions to further FSB influence at a regional level.

In addition, Member Services is committed to delivering a wide range of high quality, good value business services to members of the FSB. These services will be subject to continuing review and will represent a positive enhancement to the benefit of membership of the Leading Business Organisation in the UK.

Our vision is to be a community that recognises, values and adequately rewards the endeavours of those who are self employed and small business owners within the UK.

Gamesa

With a track record stretching back 21 years and installation of over 31,200 MW in 51 countries under its belt, Gamesa has established itself as a world technology leader in the wind power industry. Its end-to-end value chain presence encompasses wind turbine design, manufacture, installation and operations and management (over 20,700 MW). Gamesa is also a global benchmark in the development, construction and sale of wind farms, having installed 6,700 MW in Europe, the Americas and Asia. 

Home Energy Scotland

About the Energy Saving Trust:
The Energy Saving Trust is one of Scotland and the UK's leading impartial organisations helping people save energy and reduce carbon emissions. We provide expert insight, knowledge and advice about energy saving, support people to take action and help local authorities and communities to save energy. The Energy Saving Trust is organised as a social enterprise with charitable status.

The Energy Saving Trust's work in Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government. We manage a network of advice centres in Scotland specifically designed to help consumers take action to save energy.  This Home Energy Scotland advice network aims to reach 250,000 people every year.

About the Home Energy Scotland advice centre South West:
The Home Energy Scotland advice centre South West covers Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

We help consumers save energy, carbon and money by providing free, impartial, expert advice on all matters related to energy efficiency, small scale renewables and low carbon personal transport.  We offer services to both businesses and communities to help reduce transport costs and energy spend.

The Home Energy Scotland advice centre South West is open 9.00am to 5.00pm and can be contacted on 0808 808 2282.

Home Renewables

Home Renewables are domestic Renewable Energy installers based in Dumfries and covering the whole of Dumfries and Galloway. We are MCS accredited for heat pumps and have several installations in the Dumfries and Galloway area. We can also conduct Green Deal Assessments to enable customers to receive government incentives such as RHI.

We are approved installers for several manufacturers and have completed training in Heat Pump design and installation, domestic energy assessment, green deal advice, site management safety, F-Gas as well as other associated training.

Our professional team can deliver Renewable Heating projects from initial design through to installation, commissioning and handover.

hub South West

hub South West comprises of a number of public sector organisations (‘Participants’ and Scottish Futures Trust) and a consortium of private sector partners, collectively called Alliance Community Partnerships. Together, we will develop innovative, sustainable and value for money solutions for community services and infrastructure projects such as Schools and Health Centres.

The hub South West territory has a potential pipeline of £400m to be delivered over the next 5 years, increasing to £1 billion over the next 10 years. We will use local and national organisations to deliver the works through our Territory Supplier Network (TSN).

By working collaboratively with Participants, we will continually improve our project's delivery model, seeking to reduce cost and lead-times. hub South West is committed to improving the planning, procurement and delivery of integrated public services and improved community facilities within the territory area. hub South West brings together all of the public sector bodies in the South West territory area, the Participants, to deliver joined-up services to achieve better value for money for the public purse and continual improvement throughout the project lifecycle.

Infinergy Ltd

Infinergy has the expertise and experience to design, develop, build and operate onshore wind farms.  Committed to developing responsibly and putting the right sized wind developments in the right places, we ensure that only the best proposals are put forward.

Job Centre Plus

We aim to make a difference to the lives of millions of people nationally, creating and building on strong partnerships across the voluntary and private sectors.

Muirhall Energy Ltd.

Muirhall Energy is a home grown Renewable Energy Company based in rural South Lanarkshire, specialising in onshore wind development both large and small scale.

We are passionate about renewable energy and believe that it is important not only for its positive effects in tackling climate change and also for its benefits to local communities through job creation and sustainable development. Our approach is rooted in the belief that communities are critical to the success of our projects and should therefore share in the benefits of every Muirhall Energy development.

Our experienced team brings enthusiasm and a can-do attitude to every project backed by a genuine commitment to contributing towards a more sustainable energy future. Our office is located less than a mile from our own Muirhall Windfarm, which has given our team a unique insight into the development of a wind energy project at all stages of its lifecycle, together with how projects sit in and are perceived by surrounding communities. 

 

 

Natural Power

Dumfries based Natural Power is an independent renewable energy consultancy providing planning, development, technical, construction and operational services on renewable energy projects, such as onshore wind farms and local biomass projects, including all off the associated on-site infrastructure.

Established in 1995 and based near New Galloway forest since 2001, we employ 300 experts working sympathetically towards our Clients’ economic and energy objectives.

We pride ourselves on our unique position of delivering renewable energy projects, by renewable energy people.

Scottish Enterprise

We identify and exploit opportunities for Scotland's economic growth by supporting Scottish companies to compete, helping to build globally competitive sectors, attracting new investment and creating a world-class business environment.

Our latest business plan aims to drive greater international success for Scotland. It sets out our contribution in 2014-2017 to the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy aimed at increasing Scotland’s long term economic growth.

The plan, which includes ambitious targets to attract up to 9,000 planned new jobs and support up to £1.4 billion of turnover growth, outlines how the agency will fast track Scotland’s economic growth through international collaboration, trade and investment.

During 2014-2015, we’ll invest just over £330 million in supporting Scottish companies and key sectors to grow and internationalise.

ScottishPower Renewables

ScottishPower Renewables is part of the Iberdrola Group, world leader in wind energy with an operating portfolio of over 14,000 MW. ScottishPower Renewables is responsible for the development and operation of onshore wind and marine energy projects in the UK and Ireland, and also manages Iberdrola’s global offshore wind portfolio.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) supports the people and businesses of Scotland through the delivery of the Scottish Government’s economic and skills strategy.  Working alongside stakeholders and partners, SDS responds to the needs of the economy and helps individuals access a variety of learning and training opportunities.

SDS supports Scotland’s energy sector by bringing together employers and education in collaboration to meet the skills demands of the industry, as well as enhancing the skills and careers of energy workers across Scotland.

Solarae

The home of renewable energy.

Solarae are specialists in renewable energy systems for homes and properties within Dumfries & Galloway. We are one of South West Scotland's leading installers of domestic and commercial Biomass, Solar Thermal & Solar Photovoltaics (Solar PV) Systems. All installations are fully accredited under the Micro-generation Scheme (MCS) and we are members of The Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC). From initial consultation through to completion of your project, you will be in the hands of our skilled and qualified team. For the very best in renewable heating solutions, service and after sales support choose Solarae.

Solway Energy Gateway

Two significant cross border tidal energy projects are being proposed by SEG. The first will be an initial trial project between Bowness, Cumbria, and Annan, Dumfries and Galloway. This is the inner reaches of the estuary and at this point the estuary is just 2km across. This project will feature the VerdErg VETT technology which uniquely will capture 80% of available energy for less than half the price of a barrage. The technology allows the estuary to flow relatively as normal, consequently having only a minor environmental impact. The plan currently is considering possible additional infrastructure links. The current thinking around this initial project is that it would provide an effective 'proof of concept' with 108MW installed capacity and an annualised output of 36MW. Lifetime expectancy 120+ years. Potential build costs of circa £300m.

The second, and more ambitious, plan involves the development and construction of a scheme, again using the VETT technology, across a 30km span of the outer reaches of the Solway. It is calculated that the power potential capacity at this point is between 6.5 – 8.2GW. This scheme would clearly have a major impact not only in terms of energy generation but also in terms of connectivity to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Vattenfall

Vattenfall is one of Europe's largest generators of electricity and largest producer of heat. 

Vattenfall's vision is to create a strong and diversified European energy portfolio with sustainable and increased profits, significant growth options and will be among the leaders in developing environmentally sustainable energy production.

The UK is a market for future growth and we have strong ambitions for both offshore and onshore wind power.

Wigtownshire Chamber of Commerce

The Wigtownshire Chamber’s aims to promote economic prosperity within Wigtownshire for the benefit of its member businesses and the wider community. We do this in partnership with a number of organisations following similar aims.

By becoming members, local businesses have the opportunity to help drive forward initiatives that are designed to boost the overall trading environment, attract inward investment and help increase profitability for all. We encourage networking as a means of increasing business opportunities. It’s a great network and allows us to put our members in touch with the relevant advice and facilitation they need, when they need it.