Our new report documents 12 examples of partnerships between community groups and commercial organisations in generating renewable energy. This model of shared ownership enables those communities who might not have the resources or finance to deliver a whole project to participate in local renewable energy initiatives. It gives communities a real stake in a scheme and ensures that they can see a tangible benefit from a local project.
The report takes examples from around the country including: the first wind co-operative in the Highlands; a hydro scheme supported by Forestry Commission Scotland; and an Orcadian community purchasing a 10% share when an older wind farm increased its generating capacity.
People’s ownership of renewable energy and their active participation in the energy transition is vital to achieving 100% renewables. As communities share in the financial rewards of renewables this can provide a boost to local economies. Community benefit payments can also support wider community development activities and provide small grants to local projects.
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