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.

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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.

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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.

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Advice for Developers

Community Benefits

We are able to assist developers of onshore renewable energy developments in Scotland to follow the Good Practice Principles and provide support to community groups. Learn more about how Local Energy Scotland can help local groups maximise the impact of community benefit funds, and to support in shared ownership opportunities.

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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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View the Register

The Register enables developers to follow good practice and share information about the range of community benefit funds that local communities have received across Scotland.

If you are a developer and you provide funds to a community, please browse the Register to find your development and follow the instructions to submit your details.

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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

CASE STUDIES


Latest news & events

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Community benefit funds hit record £8.8m-a-year high!‏

Onshore renewable energy developers in Scotland are now investing almost £9 million in community projects every year through Community Benefit payments

Challenge Fund White Background

Renewable energy goes to town

Renewable energy goes to town - Round 2 Local Energy Challenge Fund projects announced

M&S Energy and energyshare team up on £400,000 prize fund for community energy projects across the UK

A new M&S Energy "Community Energy Fund" will offer community energy groups a total prize pot of up to £400,000 - open to applications now