In 2015 the Scottish Government published the Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership of Onshore Renewable Energy Developments. The aim was to provide guidance for the renewables industry, communities, local authorities and other stakeholders involved in the development of renewable energy projects to deliver successful shared ownership schemes in Scotland.
The Scottish Government reiterated its commitment to shared ownership in our Energy Strategy and Onshore Wind Policy Statement published in December 2017, in which we also made a commitment to undertake a review of our suite of Good Practice Principles, taking account of sector wide developments over the last few years.
The aim of the review was to ensure that Scottish communities continue to benefit from local projects in a manner that is appropriate for the current and future context in which renewable energy projects are developed.
The document has been updated to reflect the information submitted as part of the consultation on the Onshore Wind Policy Statement, dedicated workshops held during the review process and wider stakeholder engagement. It provides updated guidance on the process of a renewable energy business making an offer and a community accepting that offer.