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Community Field Visits, Northern Ireland 13th June



The Ulster Business School (University of Ulster) is working closely with Causeway and Rural Urban Network (CRUN) to help communities across Northern Ireland to become more energy efficient by reducing their energy costs and cutting down on their spending.

Currently the Ulster Business School is involved in a ground-breaking project which offers communities in rural areas the opportunity to become more energy efficient.

A one day event featuring best practice field visits will be taking place. Site visits will include:

· Eglinton Community Hall, who have installed solar thermal panels and have recently received Big Lottery Funding to conduct an energy audit and install loft installation. This will help the community organisation to cut down on the amount of energy they are wasting and identify how they can make further savings;

· Rural Generation Renewable Solutions, Derry/Londonderry, who will be providing information about how communities can become more self-sufficient (; and

· Ballyherny house, Limavady, will provide an opportunity first hand to see how a farmer and business man has installed a biomass boiler to provide environmentally sustainable fuel to heat a farmhouse, self-catering apartments and nearby properties, reducing reliance on fossil fuels (

The event will offer full site tours, question and answer sessions, excellent networking opportunities with lunch and refreshments provided. To reserve your place, or for further information, please contact Lynsey McKitterick,, or alternatively by telephone: +44 (28) 90 366448, no later than Monday 6 June.

Please click here to view a press release from the event.



The Spring 2011 SMALLEST newsletter has been published!

Please click here to read about recent progress and activities in the different partners regions.


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Moffat CAN Open Day- 'The CAN Opener' 23rd April 2011

Moffat CAN is a Scottish community-run not-for-profit company and charity with 102 members, launched in May 2009. Since its launch, Moffat CAN has made great progress with numerous projects ranging including recycling projects, composting, community allotment and a brand new solar powered aquaponics system which SMALLEST has helped to install. To celebrate the success so far and allow local communities to see what has been happening, Moffat CAN are holding an open day on 23rd April 2011.

To find out more about the open day, please click here.

To find out more about what Moffat CAN does, please click here.

Update! To read about the latest work at Moffat CAN, please click here.


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SMALLEST in Sweden, March 2011


The SMALLEST partners recently returned from an interesting and productive partners meeting held in the region of Norsjö, in the north east of Sweden. Initially welcomed by an awe-inspiring display of the aurora borealis, the SMALLEST partners were lucky enough to see a Sami reindeer herd, sample the beautiful Swedish winter climate and fantastic hospitality during their stay. Some partners even embarked on snowmobiling while in Sweden! The partners meeting was constructive in reflecting on, and collaboratively refining the SMALLEST project. During the meeting, partners heard presentations from the Municipality of Norsjö, the Swedish Energy Agency, Biofuel Region, and the biomass production company Glommers Miljöenergi. The partners also undertook site visits to Rusksele to view a local wood-fired boiler and solar collector system, and to a Biogas Plant in Skellefteå.

Please click on the links below for further information.

Municipality of Norsjö

Swedish Energy Agency

Biofuel Region

Glommers Miljöenergi

Biogas Plant in Skellefteå

Interview from SMALLEST field visit at biogas plant Sweden on Sveriges Radio P4

Live interview on Sveriges Radio P4 with Charlotta Nääs about SMALLEST project partners meeting in Sweden


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New funding for renewable energy

The Scottish Government have added a further £2.4m funding to aid the development of renewable energy schemes in rural Scotland. The funding is aimed at farmers and land owners as an expansion of the existing Communities and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), already operating in Scotland. As of April 2011, farmers and land managers will be able to work with local communities to fully unleash the benefits of rural renewable energy generation. In the past year, CARES has helped 300 communities to access renewable energy, delivering both environmental and economical benefits. Additional funding for 2011-2012 will allow current projects to expand and new projects to initiate, making the most of Scotland’s potential for renewable energy generation.

For more information, please click here.

Potential applicants, please click here.


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European Union Sustainable Energy Week, April 11th -15th - get ready!



It's time to get ready for this year's EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), Europe's key event for a more sustainable energy future. Between the 11th and 15th April 2011 hundreds of events organised across Europe will show, promote, discuss and celebrate energy efficiency and renewable energy. Below are some of the ways you can get involved.

Be a part of it - organise an Energy Day
Wherever you are in Europe, join the EUSEW 2011 and organise an Energy Day in your city, town or region between the 11th and 15th of April 2011 (weekends before and after are also accepted). For further information please down load the Energy Days Flyer.

The EUSEW 2011 in Brussels

The European Institutions, associates of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, and other important players in the field are organising a series of events in Brussels during EUSEW.

These will include a 3-day policy conference organised by the European Commission from 12th -14th April 2011, and also the annual Awards Ceremony on 12th April 2011. A media highlights programme is also under construction for journalists attending the event.

For more information on EUSEW, please visit


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The Big Society: helping communities take action

Relu: The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme

In pursuit of ‘reform, renewal, fairness and change’ the UK Coalition Government is seeking to build the ‘Big Society’. This policy document asks how can we enable local action on economic, social and environmental issues? And does research from the Rural Economy and Land Use programme offer any lessons for those at the sharp end in building the Big Society: individual activists, elected councillors, and local authorities?

The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme is a UK-wide research programme carrying out interdisciplinary research on the multiple challenges facing rural areas. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council, with additional funding from the Scottish Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

To find out more about the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme go to, alternatively to view the policy document please click here.


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New member joins the SMALLEST team!

An esteemed member of the SMALLEST team will be leaving us shortly. Eleonore Hedman, of the Municipality of Norsjö in Sweden will be on maternity leave from January 2011. The best of luck is sent to Eleonore from International Resources and Recycling Institute and the entire SMALLEST Team. We look forward to seeing photos of the second SMALLEST baby! Thanks are also sent out to Eleonore for the valuable role she has played in the SMALLEST project since it commenced in August 2009.


A new employee from the Municipality of Norsjö, Charlotta Nääs will be stepping up to fill Eleonore’s position within the SMALLEST project. We warmly look forward to working with Charlotta in further developing small-scale renewable energy solutions across Sweden.



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