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Shared ownership of renewable energy

Working with community groups and organisations.

Benefits of shared ownership of renewable energy projects

The Scottish Government wants to actively encourage renewable energy projects to work with community groups and organisations. It is good practice to make an offer of shared ownership for the following benefits:

  • Including an element of shared ownership will actively involve local people in the project and build relationships, creating greater positive public feeling and support for the project. Including a community group as a project partner will also strengthen the project due to the local knowledge available.

  • Shared ownership offers an opportunity to further improve trust and reputation of the renewables industry.

  • Including an element of shared ownership can be reflected in a planning application through indirect economic and social impacts.

  • To progress towards Scotland’s ambitious target of 500MW of community owned renewables.

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The Scottish Government's ambition is to ensure that, by 2020, at least half of newly consented onshore renewable energy projects will have an element of shared ownership.

The reviewed Good Practice Principles for Renewable Energy Developments was published on 8 May 2019.

View Scottish Government guidance


Shared Ownership Finance Model

The Shared Ownership Finance Model has been developed to help groups determine the indicative financial viability of a Shared Ownership offer.

Working through the process will help you to identify what information you have, or need to gather. Completing it will help you put it in a format which means you're ready to talk to potential lenders.

You can get help with the model from a Local Energy Scotland Development officer.  

Morvern Hydro 2


Find out the latest about Morven's shared ownership hydropower scheme in our news story.

Scotland’s largest community-owned hydro scheme

Wind turbine


Soirbheas, a registered charity, work to strengthen and support the communities of Glen Urquhart and Strathglass, through revenues from local renewable energy schemes.

View case study


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