About us

Local Energy Scotland is a consortium made up of:

We administer and manage the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) with support for delivery from Ricardo Energy & Environment, Foundation Scotland and Snell Bridge.

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We help communities and rural businesses with:

  • Free advice and support to develop renewable energy schemes or to secure and manage income from renewables,
  • Advice on funding streams,
  • Support to access CARES (development and pre-planning loans),
  • Support to access the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (post-consent loans).

Community and Renewable Energy Scheme

CARES has been established by the Scottish Government to encourage local and community ownership of renewable energy across Scotland and to help maximise the benefits to communities of renewable energy systems - whether commercial or community-owned.

CARES aims to accelerate progress towards the Scottish Government’s target of 1GW of renewable energy to be locally or community owned by 2020, and to assist with delivering the Scottish Government's Energy Strategy through the provision of loan finance, grant funding and specialist advice.