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CARES has been established by the Scottish Government to encourage local and community ownership of renewable energy across Scotland. You can see projects supported through CARES here. CARES is designed to accelerate progress towards the Scottish Government’s target of generating 500MW from community or locally owned renewables by 2020, and to maximise the benefits to communities from commercially owned energy. Read more about Local Energy Scotland and CARES.

Contact us for free advice and financial support

CARES is delivered by Local Energy Scotland, a nationwide consortium dedicated to enabling community and local uptake of renewable energy projects. We provide support, advice and financial assistance to community groups and rural businesses who wish to generate renewable energy or gain benefit from local commercial renewable energy schemes. 

CARES Financial Support

81 projects and counting - Put your own project on the map


Average community payments from recent projects

£3,661

per MW per year


Total community benefits paid this year

£6,181,402

Put your project on the map

Visit the Scottish Government's Community Benefit register and add your own renewable energy project

View the register

Projects funded by renewable energy community benefits

Community benefits have supported

Community Benefits from Offshore Developments

Scottish Government consultation document published regarding provision of community benefits from offshore developments.

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Aberdeenshire Community Energy Event Marks First Wind Farm Electricity Discounts

Renewable energy developer RES celebrated the first payments of its Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS) at Meikle Carewe Wind Farm in Aberdeenshire.

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