Local Energy Scotland has been awarded the contract to manage the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) from April 2021 until the end of March 2025. The four-year contract has been awarded following a competitive tender process.

Local Energy Scotland is a consortium made up of Energy Saving Trust, Changeworks, Energy Agency, Scarf and the Wise Group and has been administering and managing the CARES fund since 2013. CARES has been established by the Scottish Government to provide the support required for communities across Scotland to engage, participate and benefit in the energy transition to net zero

CARES provides assistance and support to a wide variety of organisations with local energy projects, covering engagement, energy planning, feasibility, development, legal support, financial planning, construction and operation. Hundreds of community groups, rural businesses and groups have been supported by CARES over the last decade, to develop, own or take a stake in renewable energy projects across Scotland.

Andrew Morton from Local Energy Scotland said: "We are looking forward to continuing our work with the wide range eligible organisations across Scotland providing funding, advice and support. We particularly want to reach out to new organisations who want to generate their own energy and those that have any energy challenge or opportunity that we may help them address. Our work will play an important role in helping Scotland to reach its ambition of net zero emissions by 2045."

Find out more about Local Energy Scotland and CARES.