Belfast Telegraph

Wind farm neighbours could get discounts

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Residents living near wind farms could receive up to £200 off their annual electricity bills under a new scheme proposed by one of Northern Ireland's biggest energy companies.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has backed the initiative and claimed wind farm host communities should be entitled to tangible benefits.

“I believe renewable energy is the single biggest economic opportunity for this island and that the transition to a low carbon economy can be developed in a way that respects and benefits local communities,” Mr Attwood said.

The discount scheme has been put forward by renewable energy company RES which has planning applications for developments at Altaveedan near Loughguile, Barr Cregg near Claudy and Craiggore, Garvagh.

The company said more than 600 properties would be eligible for a reduction which would be paid during the operational life of a wind farm, around 25 years.

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