Our top tips for progressing your renewable project

Applying for CARES funding? If you’re applying for the Let’s do net zero community buildings fund, we’ve put together our top tips for progressing your project. 

Remember, funding will be allocated on a first-come basis. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, you don’t need to wait until the deadline of 30 September. Applying early also means that you’ll have as much time as possible to develop your project. Projects must be completed by 31 March 2022. 

Need help?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local development officer.

Our top tips

1. Read our guidance notes and take a look at our example application form to help you complete yours.

2. Not sure how to complete all questions? Your local development officer can usually advise on partially completed applications, to help keep the process moving.

3. Not yet sure of the cost of measures? Don’t worry, we can help you estimate these for your application. Ask your local development officer for help.

4. Attend our CARES funding webinar on Monday 13 September. We’ll cover how to apply and all the steps you need to take when making your application. Please feel free to submit your applications prior to this date too.

5. Book an energy report from Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support. If you haven’t got a report yet, get in touch with them now and tell them you are applying for CARES funding. Gather information on your energy costs (energy bills, meter readings, oil delivery notes etc) to give to your appointed energy advisor, Local Energy Scotland, and to companies quoting for work. This will help everyone provide you with the most accurate advice.

6. Request three quotes from accredited installers. We’ve put together some suggested content guidance on what to include in your quotation requests, and you’ll need a minimum of three quotes. Remember, if you’re installing renewable energy technologies or battery storage, your installer will need to MCS certified. Use Energy Saving Trust’s Renewables Installer Finder to find accredited installers in your area. You can also find an installer on the MCS website.

7. Remember, you can approach your journey to net zero in stages. You could make some improvements this financial year, for example to install solar panels and/or battery storage, and then plan to make more improvements in the future eg installing a heat pump. However, remember that you can only apply for CARES funding for work that will be completed before 31 March 2022. This approach will give you more time to check that your ideas are right for your organisation and your building. It might also make your project more manageable and ensure you can deliver on time.