Resources

Our free resources are here to help you with your local energy project.  

You can also find out more about the successes and challenges of other projects by taking a look at our case studies.

We also produce a range of useful presentations for our popular annual CARES Conference and other events. If you would like copies of these, please get in touch.

CARES Toolkit

The toolkit guides you step-by-step through the process of developing a renewable energy project, from determining your goals to helping you achieve them.

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Community Benefits Toolkit

The toolkit guides community groups through the process, from initial contact with a developer through to creating a legacy, monitoring and reviewing the project.

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Community-led local energy plan toolkit

This toolkit will guide you through the process of developing and implementing a community-led local energy plan.

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Local Energy Marketplace

Browse our directories to find funders, partners, mentors and suppliers to help you develop your local energy project.

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Local Energy Scotland site guides

Our site guides provide a short overview of the typical energy options applicable to particular sites – community buildings, community housing, and farms and agriculture.

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Local Energy Scotland project models

Our project models provide a short overview of a specific, replicable energy project – new wind generation, refurbished wind generation, and photovoltaic installation on a community building.

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Framework Contractors

To support community groups to progress projects, we’ve compiled a framework of suppliers for professional services including project management, lawyers and financial advisors.

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Good Practice Principles

Read the Scottish Government's Good Practice Principles for a range of renewable energy project activities.

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A guide to installing air source heat pumps for housing associations

A step-by-step guide to installing air source heat pumps in housing association properties.

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Solar PV procurement support scheme

This initiative makes it easier to switch to solar power by helping facilitate a procurement of solar panels.

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Infrastructure and Innovation Fund project summaries

The Infrastructure & Innovation Fund (IIF) has awarded support to over 40 different projects to date across Scotland, find out more about these projects here.

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Useful reports

We’ve collated some useful reports produced by organisations that we work with, including Scottish Water and Cornwall Insight.

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Post-Feed in Tariff Viability Modelling

This guide uses generic project modelling to estimate the viability of different projects without the Feed-in Tariff subsidy.

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Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme (ALoMCP)

A note for local and community renewable energy generators.

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