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Wind farm owners in Northern Ireland were paid £1m to switch off their turbines and stop generating electricity in a 20-month period

Wind farm owners in Northern Ireland were paid £1m to switch off their turbines and stop generating electricity in a 20-month period

Economy Minister Diane Dodds revealed the figures

Economy Minister Diane Dodds revealed the figures

Wind farm owners in Northern Ireland were paid £1m to switch off their turbines and stop generating electricity in a 20-month period

Wind farm owners in Northern Ireland were paid £1m to switch off their turbines and stop generating electricity in a 20-month period.

The money was for "constraint payments" to reduce output and discard surplus energy.

The figures were revealed by Economy Minister Diane Dodds after an Assembly question from South Down MLA Jim Wells.