Date lodged: 19 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what analysis is has made of the community benefit of the wind turbine developments that are currently in place.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 5 February 2019
A voluntary register of community benefits payments is maintained by Local Energy Scotland under the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES). All developers of renewable energy developments and local communities in receipt of community benefit payments are encouraged to use the register. The following information is recorded: Name of Developers, Name of Development, Location, Capacity and Details of the Community Benefit Package.
In the last 12 months over £16 million has been paid out in community benefits at an average rate of £5k per MW. The Register can be viewed at http://www.localenergyscotland.org/view-the-register/ .