Supporting Community Investment in Commercial Energy Schemes

Project Details


This research project, commissioned by Scottish Government Onshore Renewables and Community Energy Team, explores the factors which support and limit the ability of communities to invest in commercial renewable energy schemes.
The research had four parts: a review of policy and previous research relating to community investment; a survey of developers, community representatives and other stakeholders regarding experiences of community investment; a deliberative workshop and focus groups with developers, community representatives and other stakeholders; and a review of case studies of community investment and international comparisons.

Key findings

The research identified a number of benefits and challenges to community investment, for communities, developers, local councils and the Scottish Government. It makes a series of recommendations for addressing these challenges, and highlights a range of additional resources required.
Effective start/end date1/03/141/12/14