The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) supports communities to engage with, participate in, and benefit from the energy transition to net zero emissions.

Reducing emissions from our homes and buildings is one of the most important things we can do to help end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets mean we need to change the way we heat our homes. By 2030, the vast majority of the 170,000 off-gas homes that currently use high emissions fossil fuels, as well as at least 1 million homes currently using mains gas, must convert to zero emissions. This is a huge transition and communities, with the support of the Scottish Government, will be at the heart of it.

We’ve launched the Community Heat Development Programme to work with eligible community organisations and groups of householders to help develop their ideas for locally-generated, low and zero carbon heat project ideas. Successful applicants will receive technical support to appraise the feasibility of their project. Our aim is to learn how communities and groups of householders can work together to make buildings in their communities more environmentally friendly to heat. The programme will support community led approaches to decarbonise heat.

The programme won’t pay to install renewable technologies or energy efficiency measures in your homes. Instead, our expert advisors will work with successful applicants to consider the feasibility of your community heat project idea and will give you advice on next steps, including any potential routes for further funding.

Subject to funding, the programme will run for at least two years and will work with communities across Scotland. We want to help these communities test their ideas and develop feasible options to change the way buildings are heated. We need to learn as much as we can through the programme and will select communities to work with based on the opportunity for learning. Whilst we might not be able to help all applicants, we will share what we learn.

About the Community Heat Development Programme

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