Shared ownership gives community groups the chance to make an investment in a commercially owned renewable energy project. Shared ownership is separate and additional to Community Benefits (ie the voluntary initiative to support communities – usually in the form of funds).

It is the Scottish Government’s ambition “to encourage the renewables industry to consider, explore and offer shared ownership opportunities as standard on all new renewable energy projects including repowering and extensions to existing projects”. For more information, see section 1.4.3 of the Scottish Government’s Onshore Wind Policy Statement 2022.

We deliver the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) for the Scottish Government. CARES provides funding to support communities to engage with, participate in, and benefit from the energy transition to net zero emissions.

We can provide you with impartial support and advice. We can also help you to access CARES funding and contractors for project management, financial matters, legal matters, and ensure you have all the information to decide if shared ownership is right for your community.

Whilst CARES funding can only be offered to 28 February 2025 the Scottish Government recognise the need for ongoing support for communities to enable them to work with developers to explore community shared ownership opportunities.

Need help?

If you are a renewable energy developer or a community interested in shared ownership, or if you need help with a funding application for a shared ownership project, please contact our shared ownership team for advice and support.

If you’re located in the central belt or in the south of Scotland, contact Christina Hinds, Shared Ownership Specialist. If you’re located anywhere else in Scotland, contact Mark Brennan, Shared Ownership Manager.

View our funding webpage for more info on eligibility criteria for CARES funding and how to apply.

Frequently asked questions

We’ve put together some frequently asked questions to help you on your shared ownership journey. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our shared ownership team if you have any additional questions or need more information.

Related case studies

Memorandum of Understanding for community shared ownership of Sallachy Wind Farm

Crossdykes wind farm

Binn Eco Park Wind Farm

Additional resources

Commercial advice for shared ownership models

Shared ownership good practice principles: supplementary guidance for delivery of joint venture model

Community shared ownership market engagement report