Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative Community Benefit scheme is now open

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The Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative Community Benefit scheme is now open for grant applications from community-focused organisations in Edinburgh that wish to:

  • * purchase equipment
  • * provide additional activities
  • * provide education to reduce carbon
  • * install small-scale renewable to their premises
  • * make environmental improvements to their buildings


Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative raises capital from the public to place solar panel installations on City of Edinburgh Council buildings (schools, leisure centres and other council owned buildings). As well as paying annual returns to our investors, we allocate part of our profits to community causes that benefit the people of Edinburgh.

Applicants can apply for a minimum of £1000 and a maximum of £5000. Eligible organisations can apply for the full cost of a project or a smaller contribution to a larger project. The average grant is likely to be in the region of £1500.Funds for larger projects will not be released until the applicant can demonstrate that they have the remainder of the funds in place.

Applications are now open with a closing date of 30th June 2022.


  1. Schools and Leisure Centres in Edinburgh
  2. Registered charities or community organisations (with a bank account) operating within Edinburgh with a particular focus on:
  • Children and young people
  • The environment and sustainability
  • Outdoor education
  • Sports clubs

Purpose of the grant

  1. Environment/sustainability education
  2. Environmental improvements to buildings used by communities
  3. Health, well-being and inclusion (for example community gardens, healthy eating programmes, or improved access to facilities for people with additional mobility needs)
  4. Small-scale renewables/activities that reduce carbon
  5. Initiatives that address fuel poverty

Re-purposed solar panels

ECSC currently has 36 (260w) used solar panels that can be re-purposed on other structures. Applicants can apply for up to 15 panels plus installation costs. The estimated cost to install a panel would be £52 plus the cost of a new inverter. For example, a good-sized system might be: 15 panels (4kW) – if facing south will generate 3,200 kWh/yr. The cost would be between £2K-2.5K to install, including the new inverter (plus any scaffolding required).


Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Provide evidence of spend on the grant as specified in the application (including any variance)
  • Complete a short impact report, which can be used to develop a case study by ECSC for its website, publicity and other communications purposes, including photo images.

The application process requires completion of a short form available on ECSC’s website www.edinburghsolar.coop  

The closing date for applications is 3oth June 2022. Decisions will be made in late August 2022.

Enquiries and completed application forms should be sent to: communitybenefit@edinburghsolar.coop