Low Carbon Energy Project Capital Funding

Support provided by Scottish Government

What does this involve?

The Scottish Government is committed to developing low carbon infrastructure across Scotland, both to respond to the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and to the global climate emergency.

This funding is to stimulate and accelerate the delivery of low carbon energy opportunities across Scotland, including support for projects in urban, rural, island and remote parts of Scotland plus areas that are off gas grid. 

This funding invitation will support projects that demonstrate innovative low carbon heat solutions for buildings, as well as proposals for integrated energy systems.

There are 2 themes:

  • Low Carbon Heat - low carbon heat projects in Scotland to help meet climate change targets
  • Integrated Energy Systems - projects that can deliver integrated low carbon or renewable electricity, heating or storage solutions

Projects must be: 

  • of a large scale and must be based in Scotland
  • able to expand capacity (increase to end users of an existing low carbon scheme will be considered)

In order to decarbonise Scotland’s energy system it is recognised that a range of technology solutions will be used. This invitation has a focus on demonstrating new approaches. Supported technologies include, but are not limited to:

  • heat pumps
  • heat networks
  • waste water heat
  • geothermal
  • hydrogen
  • electric heat
  • heat recovery
  • thermal storage
  • electric storage
  • anaerobic digestion
  • bio- gas
  • grid services

Projects must be at Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 7-9.

Am I eligible?

Applications will be considered from private, public and community-led projects, although it is acknowledged that most projects are likely to be supported by consortia of partners.

You are not eligible if :

  • your are applying for a single domestic property
  • you are primarily using established technologies that are commercially available in Scotland, such as stand-alone on-shore wind, solar, biomass and energy from waste 
  • your project will use energy generated by natural gas and projects utilising the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS), administered by Renewable Energy Assurance Limited 

What does this cost?

There is no cost to apply.

How long does this take?

This will depend on the nature of your funding proposition and the review process. 

Important information

You must submit the Expression of Interest form by 5pm on 13 November 2020. 

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website to read the full criteria and download the Expression of Interest form.

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