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  • Local Energy Scotland - Community Energy Generation Growth Fund

    Created: 02/06/2024
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance

    The Community Energy Generation Growth Fund will support community groups across Scotland to set up renewable energy generation projects. Funding will:

    • Contribute to Scotland’s target of 2GW of renewable energy to be community or locally owned
    • Help communities participate and benefit from our transition to renewable energy sources
    • Support incorporated community groups to progress well-developed renewable energy generation projects or project ideas

    Funding can be used for:

    • Developing and installing community-owned renewable energy generation, including wind, solar PV and hydro
    • Projects that sell electricity through a connection to the national grid or supplying a local energy demand
    • Most of the available funding is capital funding. This can be used for costs that support bringing assets to site for installation and construction costs
    • There is a small amount of funding available for feasibility studies and options appraisals

    This funding is aimed at progressing projects through development and/or construction stages in 24/25. They want to work with communities whose projects will be able to achieve this aim and completed a significant project milestone by 28 February 2025.

    Fund award sizes

    Annually awarded: £1,500,000

    Notes on award amounts: Grant funding is available alongside support from Local Energy Scotland’s technical consultants who can complete work for you.

    Up to £10,000 is available for options appraisals and feasibility studies.

    There isn’t a set limit set on capital funding.

    Who can apply

    Established and incorporated community groups, for example Development Trusts, and Community Energy and Climate Action Groups.

    How to apply

    1. Read the funding guidance to check your organisation meets the eligibility requirements and the projects align with the fund priorities.
    2. Submit an expression of interest.
    3. Discuss your draft applications with Local Energy Scotland.
    4. Complete your full funding application online via the Local Energy Scotland CARES project portal.

    The closing date for applications is Friday 28 June 2024.

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