Local Energy Scotland

Local Energy Scotland is an independent network funded by Scottish Government established to help community groups become involved in community renewables.

Scarf is part of the consortium behind Local Energy Scotland, along with other leading organisations in the field of sustainable energy.

Local Energy Scotland helps communities and rural businesses via a wide range of support, including:

  • Free advice and support to help communities and rural businesses develop renewable energy schemes;
  • Advice on funding streams;
  • Support to access CARES (development and pre-planning loans);
  • Support to access the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (post-consent loans);
  • Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

CARES has been established by the Scottish Government to encourage local and community ownership of renewable energy across Scotland.

CARES is designed to accelerate progress towards the Scottish Government’s target of 500MW of renewable energy to be locally or community owned by 2020, and to maximise the benefits to communities from commercially owned energy. This is detailed in the Scottish Government’s 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland.

The CARES loan fund has been operative since 2011. It is a flagship scheme which aims to provide loans towards the high risk, pre-planning consent stages of renewable energy projects which have significant community engagement and benefit.

Local Energy Scotland supports the development of locally-owned renewable energy projects, particularly those which provide wider community benefits, as already in place at many successful developments across Scotland.


A network of local development officers are based throughout Scotland, including the North East. They can give you practical advice and talk you through your ideas or issues. Call free on 0808 808 2288 to progress your renewable energy plans, or find out more at www.localenergyscotland.org

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