CARES plus is a pilot ‘Fast-Track’ programme of support for selected community energy projects in the Highlands and Islands.
It will work intensively with a limited number of advanced community energy projects to help them achieve key milestones towards financial close and installation. HIE have commissioned Community Energy Scotland (CES) to deliver this programme, which is provided at no cost to eligible organisations.
We recognise that development conditions for community energy projects are challenging and that recent changes to UK level incentives have added further pressures to the timescales for completion. Working with the current Scottish Government CARES scheme, the additional support offered in this programme aims to enable communities to get their projects over the finish line as soon as possible.
The support offered will be tailored to the stage each participating community project has reached and delivered through a number of routes which include the following:
The programme will work in partnership with the support provided through HIE account managers and the complementary range of national support available in the community energy sector.