Community Energy

Local Energy Challenge Fund

The second round of the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund was launched in March 2015 and awarded 23 projects with development and feasibility support.

The Challenge Fund is part of the Scottish Government’s flagship Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) delivered by Local Energy Scotland, and is supported by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP).

The Local Energy Challenge Fund is available to commercial businesses, manufacturers, universities, housing associations, local authorities and community groups in order to support large-scale local low carbon demonstrator projects which show a local energy economy approach linking local energy generation to local energy use. 

  • Support of up to £25,000 to successful applicants to develop project proposal

Guidance notes and FAQs are available on Local Energy Scotland's website.  If you have any queries regarding the fund or the application process, please email

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