Date lodged: 17 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to protect community benefit funds when a wind farm is sold on.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 5 September 2018
The Scottish Government views the voluntary payment of community benefits from renewables developments as an opportunity for local communities to share in the benefits of their energy resource.
Our Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments published in 2014, set out national standards on community benefits. This encourages the development of a legally binding contract between parties covering the lifetime of the project/asset.
The Scottish Government is currently reviewing its Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits (and shared ownership). This work is being taken forward with a view to ensuring that communities continue to benefit from large scale renewable energy developments.