The Scottish Government is funding £500,000 for local renewable projects.
A total of 23 projects will receive up to £25,000 each under the Local Energy Challenge fund.
Communities from inner city from Glasgow to western Harris will develop projects which encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy.
They include the installation of solar panels, thermal energy domestic storage and the use of Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP).
The Scottish Government claims community and locally-owned energy projects could generate enough electricity to power around 100,000 domestic households.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Community ownership gives communities more control over their own energy and will help us tackle challenges like grid constraints and fuel poverty – while at the same time sparking economic revival.”