Discharge of obligations

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Shared Community Ownership

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All about shared community ownership under the Community Energy Strategy's voluntary protocol

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The process flow chart here clearly shows the pathways to fulfilling obligations and to non-compliance

Discharging obligations under the voluntary protocol

This is one of the shortest pages on the website, because it’s so straightforward.

The obligation to offer shared ownership rests with the developers, so this considers compliance from their perspective.

The developer has complied with the protocol

... under any of the following circumstances:

  • A shared community ownership arrangement has been concluded;
  • A shared ownership arrangement has been offered and the community has been unable to complete (if for example it has not raised the required capital);
  • The community does not want shared community ownership (and any other participation options agreed have been implemented);
  • There is no community enterprise available to enter into a shared ownership agreement; or
  • The project is not eligible, for example because it is too small or doesn't export power.

It is non-compliant only if the developer:

  • Does not attempt to find or engage with a community group;
  • Is not prepared to offer a shared community ownership option when the community partner wants one; or
  • Declines to complete a shared ownership agreement, which has been accepted by the community enterprise.