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1 Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) Delivered by Local Energy Scotland The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

2 Pete Mills – CARES Development Officer Greater Glasgow and Lanarkshire The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

3 Local Energy Scotland – What We Do Free advice and support to help communities and rural businesses develop renewable energy projects Advice on funding schemes –Support to access CARES –Support to access the Renewable Energy Investment Fund The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

4 Local Energy Scotland – What We Do Advice on partnership arrangements with commercial developers Support in working with commercial developers Support to access other funds The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

5 CARES Funding Sources Loans –Pre-planning –Post-planning Grants –Start Up Grant –Community Buildings Grant –Network Research Grant The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

6 CARES Pre-Planning Loan Covers up to 95% of pre planning costs Maximum loan of £ % pa interest Write off facility Process Most suited to large scale wind, hydro developments The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

7 Loan Process Expression of interest Initial contact with regional development officer –Discuss project, initial assessment of eligibility Stage 1 application –Outline of project, site visit Stage 2 application Presentation to CARES Loan Panel The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

8 Post-Planning Loan Funding from the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF), delivered by Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) Provides financial assistance to bridge gap in bank lending Can also be used by communities to invest in developer led projects The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

9 CARES Start Up Grant Up to £ for project start up costs Can be used for: –Forming a community group –Community consultation costs –Pre-feasibility work –Travel costs The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

10 CARES Community Building Grant Support community building renewable energy projects 90% of RE technology costs, 100% of energy audit Grants available for: –Energy Audits –Energy Efficiency (insulation, draft stripping etc.) –Heat pumps –Woodfuel boilers –Small scale turbines –Solar PV The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

11 Network Research Grants Investigation and development of projects that link local energy generation with local energy use Projects that wish to develop innovative distribution and storage solutions The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

12 CARES Grant Process Initial contact with development officer Site visit (if appropriate) Quote/tender for relevant costs Internal appraisal Award of grant funding The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

13 Challenges Can be a lengthy process Requires commitment Projects can change – need to be adaptable Need to keep track of various components of project BUT support available from Development Officer for every aspect of project development, including aftercare. The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

14 Outcomes Independent source of income Improved facilities Capacity building More resilient communities Lower environmental impact Local ownership of a project The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:

15 Contact Details Pete Mills CARES Development Officer (Local Energy Scotland) The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the CARES Consortium:


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