Shared Ownership Good Practice Principles Launched

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Scottish Government's Shared Ownership Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership of Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.

Local Energy Scotland has developed this document on behalf of the Scottish Government, with input from an industry working group in 2014. The document was released to public consultation in March 2015 and the final principles are now available at www.localenergyscotland.org/goodpractice, alongside community benefit counterparts.

Mr Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism is formally launching the document at a networking reception this evening hosted by Harper Macleod LLP.

 Jennifer Ramsay, Assistant Programme Manager at Local Energy Scotland commented:

"The Good Practice Principles set out Scottish Government expectations for shared ownership for both communities and developers, alongside supportive guidance on how to realise these schemes. Delivering a shared ownership project can be a complex and challenging process, and we hope that these principles will help to support in overcoming these challenges. 

With the support available through CARES, including start-up grants and framework financial contractors, we believe that shared ownership projects can become the norm, as is the aspiration of the Scottish Government."

Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables commented:

"The renewables industry in Scotland sees communities as a vital part of developing projects. Shared ownership represents another step towards communities and developers working even more closely in future. This builds on the strong links already in place and almost £10 million in community benefits which goes from developers directly to support local needs across Scotland every year."

The Scottish Government would like to see shared ownership considered and explored on all renewable energy projects above microgeneration. While it is recognised that the current climate is challenging for renewable energy, community involvement offers the opportunity to include local people as meaningful financial partners in the development of a project.

 See the full suite of CARES shared ownership resources here. For any queries regarding shared ownership, please contact Local Energy Scotland at info@localenergyscotland.org


Mr Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism is formally launching the document at a networking reception this evening hosted by Harper Macleod LLP.