Communities based around onshore wind farms will earn money from the power they generate.
The protocol, published by the UK renewable industries trade association RenewableUK, specify a £1000 minimum payment per megawatt of wind power during the entire life span of the farm.
Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, said: “Our ongoing study indicates that the local and regional economy gains over £1 million per MW during the development and operational cycle of a wind farm. The protocol, in line with Government proposals, clearly sets out what every wind farm in the UK could bring to the local community’s table.”
A number of community benefit funds already exist, but the wind industry have formalised plans with RenewableUK to allocate the funds at the request of the communities.
The Government is also supporting RenewableUK’s proposals for communities to keep the business rates paid by onshore farms in England.