Local Energy Challenge Fund

The Scottish Government's Local Energy Challenge Fund (LECF) was launched in August 2014 to demonstrate the value and benefit of local low carbon energy economies. The fund is currently closed to applications.

What is the LECF?

The LECF supports large-scale low carbon demonstrator projects which show a local energy economy approach linking energy generation to energy use. This includes projects looking to develop innovative energy distribution and storage solutions that have an overall aim of creating more local value and benefit.

LECF Project phases

The LECF operates over two phases - the Development Project phase and the Capital Demonstration Project phase. Find out more about each below. 

Round 2 of the fund was developed in partnership with the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP).

To find out about some of the projects funded by the LECF, check out the presentation from the Local Energy Challenge Fund Showcase 2017.

Development projects

This is the first phase of the LECF and provides feasibility and development support for applicants developing project proposals. Find out more about the projects here.

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Capital demonstration projects

This is the second phase of the LECF and provides capital funding to deliver projects. Find out more about the projects here.

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State aid information

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Frequently asked questions

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Application documents

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