Our free resources are here to help you with your local energy project.

View our resources index to search and view all of our resources.

You can also find out more about the successes and challenges of other projects by taking a look at our case studies.

CARES Toolkit Collections

The CARES toolkit guides you step-by-step through the process of developing a renewable energy project, from determining your goals to helping you achieve them.

Technology options

Select your chosen technology, which will signpost you to other useful resources.

Business planning

Find out more about different sources of finance, how to develop a business plan and more.

Downloadable tools

Use our range of tools and templates to help develop your local energy project.

Project development

Find out how to develop your project from idea to completion, including planning, procurement and how to connect to the grid.

Setting up an organisation

Learn more about the role of a community group and how to set one up, and how partnership and collaboration can help your project.

Community-led local energy plan toolkit

A guide and toolkit to developing a community-led local energy plan, covering every step of the process.


Community Benefits Toolkit

This toolkit guides community groups through the process, from initial contact with a developer through to creating a legacy, monitoring and reviewing the project.


Contractors and suppliers

A collection of contractors and suppliers who wish to provide services to CARES-supported capital works installations.

Find contractors and suppliers