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Community and Renewable Energy Scotland


Local Energy Scotland is partnering with Energy Saving Trust in the management of the Community and Renewables Energy Scheme.

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Please note that this page contains information and links most relevant for people living in Scotland.

We are a partner in the Local Energy Scotland consortium alongside Changeworks, the Energy Agency, SCARF and the Wise Group. The consortium manages the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

CARES encourages the local or community ownership of renewable energy across Scotland. The programme aims to contribute to meeting the Scottish Government target of 1GW of community and locally owned renewable energy by the end of the 2020 calendar year, and 2GW by 2030. 

This is achieved through funding and support for community groups, rural businesses and other organisations to install renewable generation.

Local Energy Scotland has a network of regional development officers who provide free impartial advice and support to communities on engaging with renewable energy. There is also a range of loan and grant support available.

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Last updated: 9 February 2021