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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08371: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that projects are informed about the new round of funding from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, and how applications will be judged.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 April 2017

I launched the low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme's (LCITP) Innovative Local Energy Systems funding invitation in a speech to key stakeholders at the Scottish Renewables Annual Conference in Edinburgh on 21 March 2017.

LCITP itself is a collaborative partnership led by the Scottish Government, working with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland.

The Programme focuses on supporting the acceleration of low carbon infrastructure projects across the public, private and community sectors to develop investment grade business cases to help projects secure public and private capital finance. LCITP has a budget of £76million, of which £33million comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the 2014-20 European Structural Funds (ESF) programme.

In total £10 million will be made available in total under the Innovative Local Energy Systems funding invitation for applications which focus on innovative energy systems in more rural, remote parts of Scotland.

There are two distinct funding stages as part of this this funding round. Stage 1 will help support the development of project proposals to become investment-ready – up to £100,000 will be available for each project, with projects match funding the support given. Stage two where capital support in order to make projects fully operational – again, projects must match fund the amount awarded. Projects already at an advanced stage can apply for Stage two immediately by contacting the Scottish Government’s LCITP team on a case-by-case basis.

In order to further raise awareness of this funding invitation, a series of workshops to discuss eligibility and share case studies will take place across Scotland in late April and May 2017. Full details of the workshops, including the workshop booking form, can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/Action/lowcarbon/LCITP/ILES/ILES-Workshops

Full information relating to the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme's Innovative Local Energy Systems Funding Invitation, including detailed guidance on eligibility, can be found on the Scottish Government's website at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/business-Industry/Energy/Action/lowcarbon/LCITP/ILES/about-the-call