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Scotland: CARES Grants Renewables in Poor Communities

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 17, 2013

The Scottish Government supports the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) since March 2011, that subsidises 90 % of solar thermal systems in communities which fall within the lowest band of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. However, the community has to decide either to accept the grant from CARES without the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or to find the capital funding without a grant and enjoy a long-term return from the tariffs. So the result became that only very few projects wanted to miss out on the tariffs and solar thermal applications are no longer benefitting much under the main CARES scheme. See further background in the news.

Country

Scotland

Name of programme

Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)

Type of incentive

Grants

Eligible technologies

Renewable energy sources including solar thermal as well as wind, hydro, wave, tidal, biomass, and geothermal

Applicable sectors

Urban, not-for profit communities which fall within the lowest band of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Amount / maximum grant

Grants: offering up to 90% of the costs of eligible renewable energy installations in urban community buildings.

Requirements for system

No specific requirements

Finance provider

Scottish Government and the Robertson Trust

Total funds

GBP 5.35 million for supporting community owned projects and GBP 2.4 million for supporting projects owned by land managers, farmers and SMEs.  

Effective date

April 2012

Expiration date

n/a

Last review of this tabloid

April 2013

Website

http://www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk/

 

Effective Date: 
April 1, 2012
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