News about the Good Practice Principles and CARES funding
Did you make it along to the CARES Conference at Perth Racecourse, 8-9 May? If not, don’t worry – here’s all you need to know about the two main announcements.
You can also catch up on the slides from all the conference presentations here.
Revised Good Practice Principles published
Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands gave a keynote speech at the CARES Conference on 8th May, and announced the publication of the revised Good Practice Principles for Renewable Energy Developments.
Since the first publication in 2014, these practical guides have been the ‘go to’ for communities and those in the renewable energy industry. After a consultation, the Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership and Community Benefit from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments have been updated to reflect on lessons learned and align with current and future conditions in the industry.
On community benefit, we are now seeing £18,520,483 being made available annually to communities to support a whole range of activities, from community cycle clubs and start-up grants for small businesses, to refurbishment of community buildings and befriending programmes. To find out more about some of the activities, check out our community benefit case studies. The revised Good Practice Principles celebrate the work done so far and place a greater focus on achieving a lasting legacy for local communities through developing community action plans.
The Scottish Government has an ambitious target for at least half of newly consented renewable energy projects to have an element of shared ownership by 2020, and the revised Good Practice Principles should help communities and renewable energy businesses understand what’s involved in these arrangements. Check out our shared ownership case studies to see some of the shared ownership projects which have benefited from support through CARES.
CARES funding now available
We also announced the latest round of funding from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme at the CARES Conference – so if you’re feeling inspired by all the excellent project stories, now is a great time to get in touch with your local Development Officer to find out how we can help you get your project up and running. The application deadline for Development Loans and Innovation Grants is 24th June, and Enablement Grants can be awarded at any time.
 Source: Scottish Government’s Register of Community Benefits https://www.localenergy.scot/projects-and-case-studies/searchable-register-of-community-benefits/