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
Funding & Resources
Information on the available funding streams and useful information to progress renewable energy projects.
Local Energy Scotland can help rural businesses and land managers develop renewable energy projects, and receive CARES funding.
Information for communities and non-profit distributing organisations who wish to generate their own energy and / or benefit from commercial operations.
Read good practice guidelines and find out how to submit your project to the Scottish Government Register of Community Benefits from Renewables.
Information for groups on taking forward collaborative projects, including co-operatives, joint ventures and developments on National Forestry Estate land.
95 projects and counting - Put your own project on the map
Average community payments from recent projects
per MW per year
Total community benefits paid this year
Put your project on the map
Visit the Scottish Government's Community Benefit register and add your own renewable energy projectView the register