Community in Scotland
A community in Scotland tends to be classified as a legally constituted group with open membership, non-for-profit distribution, with all funds going back to the community). We would also expect for there to be a memorandum and articles of association / constitution. There would also be an expectation that the constitution would incorporate a dissolution clause whereby any remaining assets or funds are transferred to a similar (charitable type) organisation.
Investing in your Community
Across Scotland, communities have been receiving income from renewable energy schemes which they can spend to benefit their local areas for a number of years. There is now a growing body of knowledge on the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches and how they can be used to the communities’ best advantage – click on the link below to read all about it!
Powering your community
The Scottish Government aims for Scotland to have sufficient capacity by 2020 to generate the equivalent of 100% demand for electricity from renewable sources. 500 MW of this capacity should come from community and locally− owned sources. As well as contributing to the country's drive to replace fossil fuels and cut carbon emissions, renewable energy projects are playing a vital role in strengthening communities, giving communities financial autonomy to be able to prioritise and address community needs. The challenging process to deliver a renewable energy scheme also builds organisational capacity and resilience. Click on the link below for some community based case studies which highlight the great work done in remote, rural parts of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.