Infrastructure and Innovation Fund

About CARES

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Grant funding is available for communities to investigate and develop projects that link local energy generation with local energy use, or projects that wish to develop innovative distribution and storage solutions.

In many parts of Scotland there are restrictions or long lead-in times on adding additional generation capacity to the National Grid. Energy storage and network management technologies can allow the efficient substitution of fossil fuels with renewable energy, but these need to be piloted through real world, community-based situations.

The overall aim of IIF is to stimulate innovative approaches to unlock potential for local renewable energy generation. The following areas are priorities for the fund :

  • overcoming barriers relating to grid capacity issues;
  • energy storage and active network management;
  • linking local energy demand with local renewable energy generation;
  • delivering renewable heat and electricity to local consumers;
  • addressing barriers that communities face in areas of constrained
     electricity networks. 

Organisations should discuss any potential project ideas with your CARES Development Officer.

 
If you are interested in the Infrastructure and Innovation Fund, please read the Fund Guidance Notes here.
 
To apply to the fund, please fill in an Application Form here.
 
If you prefer, to engage with Local Energy Scotland in the early stages of developing your project, you can fill out an Expression of Interest and we'll get back to you to discuss your project as soon as we can.

Read or download our guides for step-by-step instructions on running a successful community energy project