2012 Impact Survey

In July 2012 an electronic survey was sent out to 195 project groups which had received support from CES in order to:

  • Gather information on the social impacts of community owned renewable energy projects
  • Report on the performance of the organisation against their core values
  • Contribute towards a more long term method of social impact monitoring to be adopted by the organisation.

The Respondents

  • The survey was completed by 63 groups (56 facility projects, and 7 revenue generating projects) - a response rate of 32%
  • Charities and community committees were the most commonly represented organisations
  • The largest number of respondents by area came from the Highland region (15)
  • 79% of the projects had been completed
  • The most commonly involved types of technology for facility projects were energy efficiency technologies and wood pellet, with large wind schemes the most common for revenue generating projects

The Results

A large amount of information was gathered surrounding the main aims of CES when supporting community renewable energy projects, namely building the confidence, resilience and wealth of communities, and improving their environmental impact. This was done through the collection of data related to facility changes, income, community changes, employment opportunities, training opportunities, community capacity, investment plans etc. Full details can be found in the report available for download.


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