Local energy - a modern approach to sourcing and generating renewable energy

Renewable energy is vital for a low-carbon future. Unlike traditional energy, renewable energy generation lets many people be involved - for the benefit of themselves and their communities. 

Local energy grows local economies and re-generates communities, delivers financial benefits to the community and its stakeholders and creates jobs. It can also help alleviate fuel poverty and increase community empowerment.

CARES support for local energy covers local ownership and/ or community involvement: 

If you're thinking of developing a local energy project, there's a lot to consider. There's a wide range of models, technologies and processes, and no two projects are the same. 

How can we help? 

We're Scotland's one-stop-shop for all your local energy needs.  We support you at every stage - from initial planning, through development and funding applications, right up to and beyond the launch. 

We'll give you free and impartial advice. We also administer the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), which offers grants and loans to support local energy development across Scotland. We can also point you in the direction of other useful funding and support. 

Find out how others have benefited - read our case studies >

Get in touch with us to find out how we can help or find out more about the key strands of local energy below. 

Shared ownership

We offer a range of support and guidance for groups wishing to invest in privately owned renewable energy projects.

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Locally owned energy projects

We support projects to progress towards Scotland's target to have 1GW of locally owned energy by 2020 and 2GW by 2030.

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Local energy systems

The Scottish Energy Strategy sets out a whole-system approach as a core principle of the future of energy in Scotland. We support the development of innovative and integrated local energy systems.

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Community benefits

We help communities to make the most of local benefit from renewable energy developments; whether through the creation of a community fund or other benefits.

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Local energy plans

Find out about local energy plans

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