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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.

LOW CARBON INFRASTRUCTURE TRANSITION PROGRAMME

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. 

What is it? 

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.

How do I apply?

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. 

The Scottish Government's website 

Who else is benefiting from the programme?

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.

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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