More than 500 properties in the area surrounding RES’ proposed Aberarder Wind Farm will be eligible for an annual electricity discount of £200 per property if the proposed 12-turbine project is built.
The local electricity discount scheme (LEDS) has been introduced by RES as a benefit for communities hosting its wind farms.
The discount is in addition to a community benefit fund for investment in local community projects and brings the total community benefits package at the proposed Aberarder Wind Farm – near the hamlet of Croachy, about 10 miles south of Inverness and east of Loch Ness – to more than £5 million over the lifetime of the wind farm.
John Appleton, RES Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to be launching LEDS now for Aberarder Wind Farm and giving the community in this area the chance to receive a discount each year off their electricity bill, whilst the wind farm is operational.”
The discount will be paid directly to each eligible property’s electricity supplier for the full 25-year operational life of the wind farm. There is no need for participants to change electricity supplier to benefit from LEDS.
The discount will become available once the wind farm is fully operational and registration to the scheme is open to all residential, business and community buildings that are located within the eligible area and are on mains electricity. At Aberarder, LEDS applies to all properties with an electricity meter within 13.7 kilometres of the proposed turbines.
RES has written directly to the properties around the site that are eligible to receive the electricity discount under LEDS, offering people the opportunity to register their interest in the scheme. The first payment of the discount, which is index-linked, will be made within the first year of generation.
The RES planning application for Aberarder Wind Farm was lodged with Highlands council last month. If approved, the wind farm will generate electricity equivalent to the annual needs of more than 30,000 homes.