Community benefits from onshore renewable energy developments

Guidance on good practice principles for communities, businesses, local authorities and others.


Area of benefit The geographical area that any community benefits package is targeted at.
Capacity building Identifying barriers to development and enhancing abilities to allow individuals and groups to achieve sustainable results.
CARES Community and Renewable Energy Scheme, funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Local Energy Scotland.
Community action plan Document outlining the community’s priorities and the changes local people would like to see.
Community Benefits Scheme A package of benefits that a renewable energy business may offer communities within the area of benefit for the development. These are voluntary arrangements.
Community Council The most local tier of statutory representation in Scotland. They bridge the gap between local authorities and communities.
Community of place A community of people who are bound together because of where they reside, work, visit or otherwise spend a continuous portion of their time. Such a community can be a neighbourhood, town, coffeehouse, work place, gathering place, public space or any other geographically specific place that a number of people share, have in common or visit frequently.
Consultation A process undertaken to understand people’s views and opinions on a topic.
Grassroots Activity or movement driven by a community.
In kind benefits Non-cash benefits.
Legal agreement A contract that is exchanged between two or more parties which is enforceable by law.
MW Megawatt: unit of power generating capacity in which renewable energy installations are measured.



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