Onshore Community Benefit

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.

Download the document here


Fergus Ewing MSP launched the principles on the 24th April 2014, commenting:

 "Community benefits from renewable energy offer a unique and unprecedented opportunity to communities across Scotland. The adoption of the Good Practice Principles is a landmark moment in encouraging developers to invest in community benefit schemes arising from renewables development."

 “This Guidance has drawn mainly on experience from the onshore wind sector but the Scottish Government would like to see community benefits promoted across all renewables technologies."

This document was released for public consultation in 2013 and a summary of responses to this consultation is available here.


Scottish Government wishes to thank the following representatives who took part in the
informal stakeholder group and informed the development of this document:

  • Jennifer Ramsay; Local Energy Scotland (Chair)
  • Rachel Anderson; RES
  • Gillian Arnot; ScottishPower Renewables
  • Tom Black; Foundation Scotland
  • Yana Bosseva; RenewableUK
  • Chris Bunyan; Shetland Community Benefit Fund Limited
  • Elaine Cleary; Aberdeenshire Council
  • Meg Deasley; Docherty Consulting
  • Charles Dixon-Spain; Colintraive and Glendarual Development Trust
  • Kristy Docherty; vento ludens ltd
  • Ross Easton; SSE
  • Andrew Faulk; Consumer Futures
  • Debbie Harper; ScottishPower Renewables
  • Graeme Keddie; SSE
  • Susanne Mueller; vento ludens ltd
  • Peter Roberts; Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Rachel Searle-Mbullu; Foundation Scotland
  • Colin Williams; Muirhall Energy
  • Ciara Wilson; SSE


With further thanks to:

  • Community Energy Scotland,
  • Consumer Futures,
  • Scottish Renewables,
  • Foundation Scotland.

 If you would like a hard copy of the good practice principles, please contact us.