Community Energy Scotland provides practical help for communities on green energy development.
Community Energy Scotland is an independent Scottish charity. They provide free advice and support for renewable energy projects developed by community groups to benefit their community. This extends to non-profit distributing organisations such as social enterprises and housing associations.
They are also able to provide support and guidance to communities applying to the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Loan Scheme (CARES). The scheme provides loans towards the high risk, pre-planning consent stages of renewable energy projects which have significant community engagement and benefit.
They assist from the earliest stage of a project idea through to helping to ensure it is running properly once completed. For example, they can help you if you want to fit renewable energy equipment into a building to help reduce the running costs and use of fossil fuels such as oil. They can also help if you wish to develop a larger-scale project to generate and sell energy to gain a long-term income for your community or organisation. Some examples of projects they have assisted in the past can be found on their website. They work to raise the profile of renewable energy and the opportunities it presents for communities.