Local Energy Scotland

Helping Scotland's communities and businesses benefit from renewable energy

Helping you get started

We provide free and impartial support and advice to communities and non-profit distributing organisations who wish to generate their own energy and benefit from commercial operations.

Support & Advice

Through our network of local development officers, Local Energy Scotland can provide free and impartial advice, regional support and financial assistance to communities who wish to benefit from renewable energy. 

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Local Energy Challenge Fund

The Challenge Fund supports different local energy economy approaches to energy generation and consumption.

Find out how we can help innovative local low carbon projects step up to the next level. 

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Handy Toolkit

The Toolkit provides guidance in developing a project from initial concept through to construction and operation. Our free online guidance will help you ask the right questions, at the right time, to the right people.

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Financial Support

We have a range of loan and grant schemes available – learn more and check your eligibility if you and your community have a renewable energy project in mind.

Infrastructure & Innovation Fund

The CARES Infrastrcuture and Innovation Fund (IIF) provides grant funding for communities to investigate and develop projects that link local energy generation with local energy use, or projects that wish to develop innovative distribution and storage solutions.

To find out more, and to view previous projects supported through this fund, click the link below.

Put your project on the map

Visit the Scottish Government's Community Benefit register and add your own renewable energy project. Or be inspired by people already benefiting from the generation of renewable energy.

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Maximise Your Business Potential

Renewables on Your Land

Local Energy Scotland can advise and support the development of a renewable energy project on your land. Local ownership benefits rural incomes, contributes to climate change targets and increases the resilience of Scotland’s rural businesses.

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Financial Support

With CARES grant and loan funding to support rural businesses we can help you progress your plans and maximise the local benefit from renewable energy generation.

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Online Toolkit

Our free online toolkit is packed with useful resources and is a great starting point for rural businesses to guide you through the process of developing a renewable energy project.

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Put your project on the map

Visit the Scottish Government's Community Benefit register and add your own renewable energy project. Or be inspired by people already benefiting from the generation of renewable energy.

View the register

Scottish Government Good Practice Principles

We are pleased to share three Good Practice documents, to help developers and communities across Scotland engage and collaborate effectively on renewable energy projects

Shared Ownership

By giving support to both community groups and developers, we encourage community ownership of commercial renewable energy developments. Collaborative projects combine local knowledge with commercial expertise and give local people an opportunity to engage meaningfully with the projects on their doorstep. Learn more about good practice expectations for industry and the support available.

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Community Benefits from Onshore Developments

The Good Practice Principles set out the expectations upon developers and other stakeholders to deliver effective community benefit schemes from onshore renewable energy projects.

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Community Benefits from Offshore Developments

The Scottish Government encourages developers to explore opportunities to provide community benefit packages from offshore renewable energy developments. Download the Good Practice Principles to find out more.

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Latest news & events

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Local Energy Challenge Fund Showcase

Read about how our first ever Local Energy Challenge Fund Showcase went. It took place on 15th February at the fantastic venue The Academy on Ingram Street in Glasgow. Around 90 delegates attended the busy day.

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Draft Scottish Energy Strategy - join in the conversation!

Scotland’s draft Energy Strategy was published in January, setting out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland for the period to 2050.

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CARES Conference 2017

The annual CARES Conference 2017 - 26th/27th April - Stirling

Key speaker: Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Scottish Government