ClimateXChange :: Community energy in Scotland: the social factors for success

Community energy in Scotland: the social factors for success

Author: Claire Haggett, Emily Creamer, Jelte Harnmeijer, Matthew Parsons, Elizabeth Bomberg

Released: October 2013

Launch Event - Social Assets in Community Renewables - This report was launched by ClimateXChange on November 8th 2013. Click here for further infomation and event materials.

The Scottish Government  has a target of 500 megawatts of community and locally-owned renewable energy by 2020. This means that government policy needs to maximise the uptake of community renewable energy projects. This report looks at the factors that underpin successful community energy projects.

Scotland has a significant potential for community energy, with 360 projects currently initiated.  Despite the potential, only 44% of the proposed projects have become operational.

Drawing on a database of 276 Scottish community projects, this report identifies the social factors which influence the success of community energy projects through the various stages of development, from idea to operation.

Knowing these success factors can help policy makers to improve the uptake and success rate of community energy projects by:

  • Investigating the motivators and barriers to community energy projects
  • Identifying the key prerequisites for success, especially community social capital
  • Recommending potential policy interventions to enhance social capital
  • Assessing the potential and limitations of the predominant business models for community energy

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