Five projects across Scotland will benefit from £21 million in funding to help reshape how energy is delivered and used in communities throughout the country. The funding allocation, from the Local Energy Challenge Fund, was announced by the Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing at the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) conference. The successful recipients are: £1.8 million to Community Energy Scotland to develop viable grid connections for small scale generators in areas of constrained network on Mull. £6 million to Insch Renewable Energy Consortium to develop a community energy system linking local energy demand with local renewable generation in a rural area of Aberdeenshire – helping to reduce electricity costs. £3.2 million to Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association to develop innovative local heat storage solutions, which will help alleviate fuel poverty for over 1,000 tenants across Falkirk and the Lothians. £6 million to Highland Council to provide low carbon affordable heat and alleviate fuel poverty via a water source heat pump district heating network in Caol near Fort William – benefiting over 500 homes. £4 million to Bright Green Hydrogen to use hydrogen to meet local transport, heating and storage needs across Levenmouth.