Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)
Community Energy Scotland delivers the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme. The Scottish Government wishes to maximise local ownership of renewable energy generation projects and to increase the benefits for communities that these projects can provide.
The Scottish Government believes that there is so much more a community can gain from renewables projects, over and above the energy generated and financial benefits. For example: increased community cohesion and confidence, skills development and support for local economic regeneration. More details on policy relating to this can be found here.
The over-riding message is that if you have a plan to harness renewable energy – whether for the benefit of your own rural business or your community, loan funds from CARES could reduce your risks and allow you to participate in Scotland’s renewable energy future.