Two organisations in Renfrewshire have benefited from the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) this year.

CARES helps people across Scotland to benefit from the energy transition by advising and funding businesses and communities in local and small-scale renewables.

Since 2010, the Scottish Government scheme has provided over £61million to over 800 projects – with 311 organisations receiving support in 2023, including two in Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire South MSP Tom Arthur said the scheme had encouraged local and community ownership of renewable energy projects across Scotland by helping to maximise the benefits of renewable energy systems, whether commercially or community owned.

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He told The Gazette: "Empowering communities in Renfrewshire South to benefit from the transition to renewable energy will be vital in our journey to reach net zero and I welcome this Scottish Government investment.

"Supporting small local projects, though financing, grant funding and specialist advice, has helped so far deliver 58.6 MW of renewable energy across Scotland so far.

"Of the over 300 projects currently progression across Scotland, it is welcome that here in Renfrewshire two organisations are currently being supported."