Date lodged: 17 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish proposals on increasing the share of community ownership in renewable energy schemes.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 24 November 2016
The Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) offers a wide range of support including free advice and access to funding to support community ownership of renewable energy schemes. The support available under CARES has led to our target for 500 MW of installed capacity of community and locally owned renewable generation by 2020 being reached 5 years early.
We have made a commitment in our Programme for Government to continue with CARES and are currently in the process of retendering for a suitably qualified and experienced service provider to undertake the delivery of CARES up to 2020.
Our draft Energy Strategy which will be published for consultation early in the new year, will reaffirm our support for community and locally owned energy with new targets of 1 GW by 2020 and 2 GW by 2030 and a commitment for at least half of newly consented renewable energy projects to have an element of shared ownership.