The workshop was attended by a range of people from various backgrounds in the area including community groups, farm owners, the academic sector, private enterprise and others. The evening was opened by Councillor Mary Garrity who spoke of her delight that the potential of the region for Renewable Energy development was being recognised.
There followed several presentations from the Fermanagh Trust who described what they understood Community Energy was and what Community Energy Projects entailed, Terry Waugh of Action Renewables who gave some insight into who Action Renewables are and background to European projects and applying for funding. Aaron Kernohan of Action Renewables then followed describing the RECENT project looking at the background of the project and how it had developed out of the WARES project, the aims and objectives of RECENT, some of the work carried out across the regions so far and how Action Renewables could provide help through the RECENT project and work with groups in the area to develop renewable energy installations, particularly those involving water resources.
Next several presentations were given in relation to specific technologies that provided talking points for those in attendance. These included a presentation on biogas and anaerobic digestion from Bernadette Convery of Action Renewables, information on the Share Your Roof programme by Karen Arbuckle of NI Community Energy. This provided a great example of an existing community led project that could be used as a model for other projects and finally a discussion on energy recovery from water assets, primarily in the form of hydro turbines, delivered by Alex Bookless of Action Renewables.
The information was well received and the evening seen as a success. Action Renewables will now be following up on the project to work alongside some organisations on developing pilot projects.