Welcome to the CARES Toolkit - guiding you through the process of developing a renewable energy project. 

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Technology options

  • Local energy supply

    Find out about the different ways you can structure and design projects to be more financially viable.
  • Wind

    An introduction to developing a wind project, featuring a step-by-step guide and tools to help you estimate the resources you’ll need.
  • Hydropower

    An introduction to developing hydropower project, featuring a step-by-step guide and tools to help you estimate the resources you’ll need.
  • Solar PV

    An introduction to developing a solar PV project, featuring a step-by-step guide and information to help you estimate solar irradiation.
  • Solar thermal

    Find out everything you need to know about developing a Solar Thermal project.
  • Biomass

    An introduction to developing a biomass project, featuring a step-by-step guide and links to other useful information.
  • Microgrid-private wire

    Find out everything you need to know about Microgrids and Private Wire Networks in Scotland
  • Electrical energy storage

    Find out about the different grid support services that help to maintain a stable and reliable electricity supply.
  • Heat Pumps

    An introduction to developing a heat pump project, featuring a step-by-step guide and links to other useful information.
  • Innovative Energy Systems

    Examples of innovative electricity projects funded under the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund (LECF).

Business planning

  • Shared ownership

    Find out about shared ownership models, how they work, and what to consider when making an investment decision.
  • Electricity Markets

    Find out about the range of electrical market options to think about when deciding what electrical export path to take.
  • Feed-in-Tariff

    Find out about the Feed-in-Tariff, the main fiscal-support mechanism for renewable energy, with information on eligibility and how to apply.
  • Renewable Heat Incentive

    Find out about the Renewable Heat Incentive, the main fiscal-support mechanism for renewable heat, with information on eligibility and how to apply.
  • Project Finance

    Get an overview of the basics of finance and sources of funding, along with in-depth information on topics like project finance options and financial viability.
  • Sources of Finance

    Find out about the different sources of finance and which stage of your project they would be suited to.
  • Investment Ready Process

    Use this tool to help you gather all the information you need to provide a potential lender, to help secure investment for your project.
  • Developing Business Plans

    Use this tool to help develop your business plan, which can be used as part of your funding application.

Setting up an organisation

Project development

  • The Project Roadmap

    Use the project roadmap to go through the four project development stages, with a step-by-step guide to each stage.
  • Developing a Project Idea

    Use this step by step framework to develop your project concept from an initial project idea to a more robust feasibility study.
  • Grid Connection

    Use this module to find out about grid connection, with a guide to the connection process and links to other useful information.
  • Securing a Site

    Find out about securing a site, with a guide to each step of the process and links to other useful information.
  • Procurement

    Find out about procuring services, goods and hardware for your project, with a guide to the procurement process and links to other useful information.
  • Planning

    Find out about planning your renewable energy project, with information on local planning authorities and links to other useful information.
  • Construction

    Find out about the construction process, with health and safety information and links to technology specific guides.
  • Project Finance Model

    A range of useful documents and information to help community groups understand the potential profitability of community renewable investments.
  • Project Plan

    Download a Project Plan template.

Downloadable tools