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Community energy

Powering our communities.

Community energy 

We've been involved in leading and supporting the growth of community energy developments in Scotland since 2002. Our region is recognised as a leader in community energy innovation. Many local groups are trailblazing innovative developments and leading their communities through a transition to a strong, low carbon economy.

Our focus 

Recognising the opportunities and benefits of communities utilising community energy projects, we will focus our efforts on: 

  • Direct ownership
    By building on the strong platform of investment made in recent years, we will maximise the number of communities who can benefit from community-owned renewable energy projects.

  • Shared ownership
    We will support communities to invest in commercial development opportunities such as those on the National Forest Estate and beyond.

  • Community energy economies
    In addition to funding policy forming research, we will invest in the development of innovative approaches to overcome local level grid constraints to facilitate local use of energy. We have been working with Community Energy Scotland to develop this Local Energy Economy agenda.

  • Innovative finance solutions
    We will also focus on innovative funding solutions as the majority of small scale opportunities are unlikely to attractive mainstream funders. Existing and new funding will help communities across the region benefit from the significant potential of local energy solutions.
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CARES open for applications

The latest round of funding from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewables Energy Scheme (CARES) is now open. The deadline for bids is 30th September 2021, with organisations being advised to apply as soon as possible.

CARES offers grant funding, advice and support to community organisations to decarbonise their community buildings by installing low carbon or renewable technologies, such as heat pumps or solar panels.

More information and apply



The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition programme (LCITP) aims to support the development of substantive private, public and community low-carbon projects across Scotland through the provision of development support, expert advice and funding. It aims to support Scotland's transition to a low-carbon economy.

Find out more about the programme and apply

A great example of the programme in practice

Fair Isle, situated halfway between Orkney and Shetland, home to 55 people, previously only had access to power between 07:30 and 23:30 each day. The £3.5 million project, led by Fair Isle Electricity Company (FIEC), secured £1.5 million funding from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and £250,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Read more about Fair Isle Energy.


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A guide to community energy

Download a copy of our guide to find out more about how we support communities with renewable energy projects. It features a few case studies of communities already using local energy solutions to build a sustainable future for their own local area.

Community energy guide

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Pioneering low carbon communities

Communities striving for net zero

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The Outer Hebrides is representing the region in an international research project exploring how to make the transition to low carbon energy systems accessible to all.

Stakeholders from all aspects of island society are taking part.


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