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.
Name of programme
Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)
Type of incentive
Renewable energy sources including solar thermal as well as wind, hydro, wave, tidal, biomass, and geothermal
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
Scottish Government and the Robertson Trust
GBP 5.35 million for supporting community owned projects and GBP 2.4 million for supporting projects owned by land managers, farmers and SMEs.
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