The Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) has drawn attention to the fact that the “financial benefits” of the average wind farm reflect only about 0.5 per cent of the total annual income.
The average turbine receives income of about £500,000 a year.
So, for a typical turbine, the community benefit of £2,300 a year will be paid out from an income of about £500,000, or roughly 0.5 per cent.
Dr John Constable, director of policy and research said: “The wind farm industry is taking our money with one hand and expecting us to be grateful for the small change offered with the other.
“Many will perceive community benefit of this kind and scale as adding insult to injury, and the plan seems unlikely to be persuasive.”
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