An examination of motivation factors driving investor behaviours towards socially responsible community energy initiatives

Helen Mullen, Charles Turkson, Adolf A. Acquaye (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    Community energy initiatives play a significant role at the grassroots level in the transition to Renewable Energy Communities and a low-carbon economy. However, these initiatives are hampered by multiple barriers at the market, institutional, organisational, and individual level. Funding cuts of state-supported feed-in tariff (FiT) policy in major markets such as Germany, Japan, China and the additional capping of the number of new installations that could be accredited under the FiT scheme in the UK. In light of these market changes and the need to accelerate the development and growth through the creation of new and/or complementary future community energy models consisting of private investors, a detailed understanding of the dynamics of community energy investor characteristics and socio-psychological motivations is increasingly important. First, a review is conducted including the theories that underpin and explain the factors that affect investor behaviour, after which a conceptual framework to examine investor behaviours towards socially responsible community energy initiatives is developed. The framework is used as the basis to construct and administer a survey involving sampling of 295 UK investors in community energy initiatives and the subsequent statistical analysis of the survey data and discussions of the findings. The results first capture the differences among investors with differing
    regional affect and investment behaviours. The study also provides the needed insight into better understanding the dynamics of investor characteristics and motivations of community energy initiatives. Results also indicate that investors are predominantly ethically-oriented, particularly toward environmental concerns. Additionally, community and social factors also appear to play significant roles in investor participation while financial orientation is least dominant.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere27490
    Number of pages20
    JournalHeliyon
    Volume10
    Issue number5
    Early online date6 Mar 2024
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2024

    Keywords

    • Energy Community
    • Socially Responsible Investments
    • Investor Behaviour
    • UK
    • Energy community
    • Socially responsible investments
    • Investor behaviour

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General

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