solar panels on roof of a community building in the sunshine

This toolkit module builds on the work completed for the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) by Local Energy Scotland and Ricardo Energy & Environment.

The CARES Toolkit is intended to be used as a reference by CARES clients of all kinds, including community groups, community-based businesses and rural businesses. This module is one part of a series of guides forming the CARES Toolkit and is designed to cover all sizes of project, although the scale and complexity of multi MW projects may require more detailed evaluation than smaller projects.

Other modules that may also be of particular interest to those reading this module are as follows:

This module is structured in four parts to act as a guide and reference document for CARES clients in the development of a solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Scotland.

  1. Local energy supply – an overview of the current renewable energy market and solar PV development statistics in Scotland.
  2. Project overview – a brief introduction to the typical ways to develop a solar PV project and step by step summary.
  3. Project steps, phases and breakpoints – a more detailed look at each stage of a project, showing a logical progression with defined break points.
  4. Further information – appropriate links, definitions, and references to other information, collated for quick reference.