Community Support

Developing a Renewable Energy Project

Are you interested in developing a renewable energy project to benefit your community but don’t know where to start, or are you struggling to find the time to move a project forward? We offer a unified project management service to community groups in this position. Our staff have a specialised understanding of the challenges facing voluntary community groups and how to overcome them through working with hundreds of similar groups on many different projects. We can offer support on:

  • funding sources and applications
  • feasibility assessments and project management
  • planning and regulatory requirements
  • the grid connection process, FITs, ROCs and RHI
  • securing advice on State Aid, procurement and financial issues
  • community consultation and good governance

We also have a wide range of contacts and if we don’t know the answer we’ll know someone who does. We aim to cover the cost of this service through fees payable from grants or CARES loans secured by project groups. If you think we can help you, please get in touch with us at

Community Opportunities in our Changing Energy System

We don’t just provide consultancy advice - we work in a way designed to increase the knowledge and capacity of communities.

Our Community Energy Futures programme is designed to help community groups across Scotland understand the changes that are coming to the UK energy system and to identify the opportunities and challenges these might bring for community groups and for communities with high levels of fuel poverty. The project will support groups to develop specific energy-related project ideas within their local community.

Community Energy Scotland Membership

You can also access support by becoming a Member of Community Energy Scotland.  Visit our Membership page for full details.

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Community Energy Scotland, Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone, 67A Castle Street, Inverness IV2 3DU
Registered Scottish Charity (No. SC039673), and company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (No. SC333698)
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