The Let’s Do Net Zero: Off Electricity Grid Communities Fund aims to decarbonise and future-proof the existing local independent electrical grids of those communities that are not connected to the national electricity grid.

The support available from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) will help these communities to work towards becoming net zero communities. With more resilient infrastructure these local grids will be able to provide reliable power and be on a path to supporting the decarbonisation of heat, a key priority for the Scottish Government. For more information, view the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Policy Statement and its Heat in Buildings Strategy.

CARES can continue to provide development funding during this financial year (2023-2024) to help develop your project and move it towards implementation with CARES capital funding available through to March 2024.

How to apply

Please work with your nominated contact at Local Energy Scotland to develop your application. Applications will be assessed by a panel.

Supporting heat decarbonisation in buildings: As part of the full application you will be required to set out how any projects will support the future decarbonisation of heat in buildings, as well as informing the development of a local authority’s LHEES (Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy). For further information on LHEES, please refer to chapter 4 in the Scottish Government’s Heat in Buildings Strategy.

About the fund

Need help?

If you have any further questions about the fund or about how to apply, please contact your local development officer.

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