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Social benefit sharing

Social benefit is the total benefit to a community from producing or consuming a good or service, and that includes wind farming.

The WinWind project identified more than 20 types of local social interventions, such as, new job creation; modernisation of municipal roads; installation of power lines; economic incentives for family with at least four children aged up to 25 years; “Baby Bonus” for new-borns; reimbursement of travel fees for students of secondary schools; educational services (cultural events) for all age groups. In some cases also contributions to local non-profit associations/foundations supporting social welfare projects were provided.
Among these, the WinWind project found that increased activity for local businesses and local employment, are very strong drivers for social acceptance.

Find out more

The WinWind project collected cases wind parks providing social benefit to the local community. Here below further readings:

An overview of the benefits deriving from wind farms
Screening of Technical and Non-Technical regulations, guidelines and recommendations pages 45-51

A comparison of benefit sharing mechanisms in the WinWind case studies:
Synthesis and Comparative Analysis of Best Practice Case Studies for Promoting the Social Acceptance pages 53-56