Additional funding of £5.5 million is being made available for renewables and low carbon heating projects to contribute towards a green recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.
Communities will be able to bid for a share of £4.5 million through the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), which funds local renewable projects.
Priority for funding through the scheme will be given to community-led development and capital stage projects, off-grid communities and rural businesses looking to explore their renewable options.
A further £1 million is being made available through the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) – a scheme which provides support for innovative energy projects such as heat networks and integrated energy systems.
Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:
“Renewables will play an increasing role in helping us achieve a green recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to plan for a safe restart to the economy, we must continue to work together to bring forward new renewable energy projects right across Scotland.
“The investment I am announcing today will help to push forward renewables projects that will help to rebuild the economy, support local communities to build their strength and resilience, and help us achieve our net-zero ambitions.
“Consumers and local communities are integral to the green recovery, and helping us rebuild following the pandemic.”
Nick Sharpe, Director of Communications and Strategy at Scottish Renewables, said:
“Scottish Renewables has joined many other organisations in the UK and around the world in calling for a green economic recovery from coronavirus – one which does not lock in fossil fuel investment, but gives us a chance to build a fairer, healthier, more resilient society.
“The funds committed to CARES today will provide an opportunity for communities to invest in and benefit from the energy generation technologies of the future as we move towards net-zero emissions by 2045.”
Visit www.localenergy.scot for more information on the scheme and funding.