Should renewable energy developers invest in vocational training? Job creation? Home repair?
The answer, based on best practice in emerging markets around the world, is unequivocally yes – with community investment designed to match local priorities. The most successful companies in the solar and wind energy sectors are recognizing that the success of their projects needs to be measured not only on the kilowatt-hour tariffs achieved or the megawatts of new capacity added – it also depends greatly on the extent to which local communities embrace new projects in their midst and can benefit from them in a sustainable way.