FAQ's (frequently asked questions)
Community Benefit | Developing Renewables
I would like to find out more about renewable energy, where should I start?
Take a look at our Basics section for an overview of the different technologies available.
Community Benefit FAQs
How can I find out about community benefit fund policy?
Find out more about Council guidance by viewing Argyll and Bute Guidance for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewables. The Scottish Government have also published good practice Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.
Is a community benefit fund available in my area?
View our interactive map to see if there are any community benefit schemes in your area.
A commercial developer plans to build a renewable energy development near my community - how can my community benefit?
The benefits section provides information on community benefit payments as well as other ways to get involved with commercial developments such as joint ventures or investments.
Are developers required to provide a community benefit fund?
No, this is a voluntary scheme however it is good practice to provide community benefit in relation to onshore windfarms.
Developing Renewables FAQs
We want to develop a community renewable energy project, where do we start?
Take a look at our Basics section for an overview of the different technologies available and which might best suit the objectives of your group.
What community renewable energy schemes have already been developed in Argyll and Bute?
See our Case Studies section for links to existing and consented projects.
We live in a protected area, does that mean that we can't develop a renewable project?
No, you may have to think carefully about the type of renewables and how they are sited but it does not necessarily mean that it will be impossible to undertake a renewable project. Take a look at our Basics section for an overview of the different technologies available and seek advice from Planning as early as possible in the project. If it isn't possible to develop within your own community you may be able to invest in a commercial scheme.
Our group is already developing a renewable energy project but needs assistance, where can we get more help?
The Support section will point you in the direction of a number of organisations which may be able to assist.
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