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Community and Renewable Energy Scotland (CARES)


Energy Saving Trust is a partner in Local Energy Scotland, a consortium that manages and administers the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

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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, and SCARF. 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 accelerate progress towards the Scottish Government’s target of 2GW of community and locally owned energy by 2030. The goal of CARES is that communities across Scotland are engaging, participating and benefiting in the energy transition to net zero.

This is achieved through funding and support for community groups to install renewable energy 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 financial support available.

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Last updated: 27 June 2023