Generating Your Own Electricity

The Scottish Government believes that local ownership of renewable energy projects will increase rural incomes, contribute to climate change targets and increase the resilience of Scotland’s rural businesses.

Local Energy Scotland can help communities through our network of local development officers who can provide you with free and impartial advice.

Download our flyer here for more information.

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Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about how Local Energy Scotland can help you benefit from renewable energy please get in touch for free advice and support.

Financial Support from CARES

Local Energy Scotland can give you full support to access funding available through CARES to encourage installation of renewable energy technologies, whatever stage of the process you are at.

Find out about the different types of financial support available

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To view a selection of detailed case studies of previous projects that have applied for CARES funding, please click here.

Your 4 steps to getting started

A community project goes through different stages. Work out where you are now, and you can decide what you should do next, and what resources are available to help you.

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  • First thoughts of what might be possible with help from Local Energy Scotland to shape your idea – grants are available to get started

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  • Engage your community in the vision, and apply for CARES financial support to help you through the necessary feasibility work to take the idea forward

  • 3


  • Take project through planning and on to construction if successful, further financial support is available to help you with capital costs

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  • Once operational, use funds to further develop your community