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Community Energy Generation Growth Fund: Applications open

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A fund to help community groups across Scotland set up renewable energy generation projects has opened for applications.

The £1.5 million Community Energy Generation Growth Fund is in place to support local communities installing wind turbines and solar panels or developing other types of renewable energy generation, such as hydro, to meet local needs.

The fund forms part of the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), which has so far awarded more than £65 million in funding to over 900 renewable energy projects across the country, including:

  • A wind turbine in Kilbirnie offering 7.839 MWh of clean energy per year and a reduction in carbon emissions of 3.324 tonnes annually.
  • A 100kW hydroelectric scheme near Loch Lomond
  • Solar PV installations on 3 schools in Edinburgh, accompanied by 156kWh of battery storage.

The pilot scheme runs until March 2025 and is to inform longer-term support for community-owned energy generation projects through CARES. 

Net Zero Secretary Màiri McAllan said:

“Scotland is fast becoming a renewable energy powerhouse, with enormous benefits for our people, economy and environment.

“Scotland’s communities must be at the heart of this journey. I am determined to ensure they can lead and benefit from this era defining transition.

“This fund will support the creation of locally owned energy projects which can reduce energy costs, generate revenue and help drive Scotland’s transition to net zero.”

More information on the Community Energy Generation Growth Fund, including application details, can be found here. Interested parties have up until 28th June 2024 to apply.

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