Community renewable projects across the north and north-east have been awarded more than £250,000, Aberdeen Press and Journal has reported.
Eleven projects were among the 17 Scottish schemes presented with £380,000 from the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (Cares) local energy challenge fund.
Awards include £24,000 for Highland Council’s Caol district heating scheme, £29,636 for Orkney Islands Council’s tidal hydrogen electrolyser, and £22,050 for Aberdeen Heat and Power’s water-source heat pumps.
In Argyll and Bute, Community Energy Scotland was given £30,000 to improve grid connections to sustainable electric sources, while Dalavich Improvement Group received £29,502 towards the development of community micro-grid developments.
Energy minister Fergus Ewing announced the funding at the Community Energy Scotland conference.
He said the local energy challenge fund will help reshape how energy is used and delivered throughout the country.