CARES loan and/or grant capital funding is available to communities developing renewable energy, heat decarbonisation and local energy system projects. Amounts depend on project needs and Scottish Government funding available.

CARES capital funding is available for the following.

  • Capital funding for building level projects can typically be used for renewable energy measures like installation of solar PV panels, energy storage batteries, or for decarbonising heat including linked to energy efficiency measures.
  • For medium-scale renewable energy generation projects, funding will primarily be through a low interest loan with some grant funding where required.

Grant and loan funding will need to comply with subsidy control rules.

Communities that have well progressed project ideas should complete a project enquiry form, located at the bottom of the ‘contact us’ page. For projects earlier in their development, please see the information available via enablement grants.