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Powering our communities.
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.
Recognising the opportunities and benefits of communities utilising community energy projects, we will focus our efforts on:
Launched in early 2015, the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) is a working partnership between the Scottish Government, HIE, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust and sector specialists.
The Programme 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.
Its main focus is assisting projects to develop investment-grade business cases that will help secure public and private capital finance to demonstrate innovative low-carbon technologies in Scotland.
The programme is supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds, and European match funding for the LCITP is guaranteed up until Autumn 2021.
Applications at feasibility stage or outline business case stage are welcomed at any time.
Please visit the Scottish Government's website for up to date information on funding rounds currently open and for application guidance.
Three projects in the Highlands and Islands received funding to develop projects in the most recent funding round: Glenshee Ski and Snowboard; Abbey Ecosse in Highland; and Scotland Gas Networks in Argyll and Bute.
LCITP Green Recovery call will target a minimum of £1 million development support for projects with potential to deploy low carbon heat and/or renewable electricity solutions for buildings, as well as proposals for integrated energy systems that support the ambitions for Scotland to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 as well as boost economic recovery from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic
Development support of up to £50,000 may be available and projects must provide a minimum of 50% match funding towards the cost of the development work. There is no upper limit to the total cost of project development work.
Financial support from the LCITP to support project development is likely to be offered in the form of procured professional advisors or project managers who will help project partners to develop an investment grade business case. This may include, but is not linited to, activities such as:
All projects seeking development support from LCITP must have a complete and up-to-date feasibility study to support their application. The feasibility study will provide LCITP with an accurate assessment of the practicality of a proposed project or system. This document must objectively cover the strengths and weaknesses of the project proposal and make a recommendation about project scope. It should also set out at a high level the total cost for delivery and an assessment of the value or benefit to be derived from the project. Projects at the proof of concept stage will not be supported.
The next funding round for CARES is now open, with up to £4.5M available. Priority will be given to community led development and capital stage projects; off-grid communities seeking capital investment to help maintain the security of their energy supply and rural businesses seeking development support to explore their renewable options.
Stage 1: Expressions of Interest to be submitted by 22nd July 2020
Stage 2: Full applications to be submitted 2nd September 2020
Enablement grants – year round
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.
Find out about the other projects and support we have available for local energy developments.