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Profitability of local wind farms down to subsidy as much as reliable weather

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Turbines turn on a local wind farm

Turbines turn on a local wind farm

Turbines turn on a local wind farm

Electricity generated by wind farms has become an important addition to the capacity available in Northern Ireland.

There are now several hundred wind farms located in rural areas on the rolling hills across the province.

The official Government-sponsored scheme to incentivise renewable wind farm investments ended for new applicants four years ago. However, many licences have taken some time to be completed so that the scale and evidence of the investments has since been increasing. Local investors have committed significant amounts to units which, sometimes after initial connection difficulties, are now conspicuous land marks.