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We are Local Energy Scotland

We manage CARES - the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme. Our goal is that communities across Scotland are engaging, participating and benefiting in the energy transition to net zero.
An introduction to Local Energy

Don’t know where to begin?

We have guides, tools and resources for every stage of a project.

Our guide to getting started

Already have an idea or proposal?

Our local development officers provide free advice to help you with the next step.

Find your local contact

The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) offers a range of financial support to local energy projects. We can also help you with ongoing support, mentoring, advice and more.

An introduction to Funding

Funding available now

CARES funding available now
Average community value from recent projects £3,674 Per mW per year
Total benefits paid in the last year £22,552,461

Resource Hub

Case Studies

Apple Juice community hydro

Solar Connected Communities: Inverness Masjid

Greencraig Community Wind Turbine

Community and Locally Owned Projects

Discover the projects which are contributing to Scottish targets for community and locally owned energy, alongside projects which have received CARES funding from Local Energy Scotland.

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