Welcome to the new era; gone are the days when energy was owned either by commercial developers or community groups, but seldom in partnership between the two.
Shared ownership brings benefits to both developers and communities
When commercial companies and community groups work together to develop local energy projects, there can be huge benefits for all.
Shared community ownership of sustainable energy assets has been common in some parts of the world for several years. The UK now intends to adopt this approach more widely, following a commitment in the government's 2014 Community Energy Strategy.
The Strategy requires developers of significant new renewable energy projects to offer a share of ownership to the community.
A voluntary protocol has now been established to achieve this.
This website is co-hosted by Community Energy England and Local Energy Scotland. It describes the voluntary protocol, and provides additional information and support to accelerate its implementation.
The most commonly requested sections are highlighted on the left. The menu for the full contents is at the top of the page.
Protocol: the voluntary code; what it says and how it works
Show how your projects comply
Developers finding communities
Communities finding projects
Guides and information:
For developers: guidance notes, consenting, meeting the protocol, information sources
For communities: guidance notes, how to partner in projects, information sources
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