Community Renewables & Local Energy Economy

Having reached the 500 MW of community–owned renewable energy generation three years ahead of schedule, the Scottish Government has set new targets of 1 GW of operational community- and locally-owned renewable energy capacity by 2020, and 2 GW by 2030. The revised targets are accompanied by further commitment from Scottish Government to support community and locally owned renewable energy projects.

There are many benefits of community and locally owned energy schemes:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improving energy security
  • Supporting the local economy and creates jobs
  • Keeping the profits generated within the community
  • Re-connecting people with how energy is generated and how they consume it
  • Increasing public acceptance of renewable energy schemes

Further information on initiatives and their benefits are available through the Community Energy Coalition’s website.

Examples of the benefits paid to community groups from commercial developers across Scotland can be viewed on the Local Energy Scotland website: Community Benefit project list

For further information on the social and economic benefits of community and local energy schemes, view the National Trust’s report.

If you are interested in developing a renewable energy project in your area please contact us on 01631 565183 or enquiries@alienergy.org.uk