CES welcomes £5m Scottish Government support for communities

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CES has welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that the CARES funding programme has been revamped and is open for applications.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, the Minister for Business, Energy & Innovation, told the 2018 CARES Conference that the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme has been allocated £5m in the current financial year, across three funding streams:

  • Enablement grants of up to £25k for early stage work
  • Development loans, maximum £150k, for work leading up to construction
  • Innovation grants, also up to £150k, for projects that address challenging issues using less established technologies

Community Energy Scotland Chief Executive, Nicholas Gubbins, welcomed the move: "This is a significant announcement. The innovation grants in particular will help our members take forward projects that face specific local obstacles."

CES has a track record of working with our members and with Local Energy Scotland (the CARES administrators), to source and trial energy innovations that meet real people's needs, in communities across Scotland.

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