Mynydd Marchywel Wind Farm benefits
PEOPLE living near the proposed Mynydd Marchywel Wind Farm near Pontardawe could benefit from a new initiative being introduced by renewable energy company RES.
The Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS) could reduce the electricity bills of the wind farm's nearest neighbours if the project gets the green light.
Under the new LEDS initiative, around 270 properties on mains electricity within 1.8 kilometres of the proposed turbines would receive an annual discount of £100 off their electricity bill once the wind farm was fully operational.
However, opponents to the wind farm have criticised the move.
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Simon Boex, chairman of the March Hywel Protection Group, said: "People, and councillors, need to realise that if all 273 households sign up and are given £100 each — that makes £27,300 which will come out of the £57,500 already promised to the community benefits fund. This is not extra money.
"I believe that is very poor compensation for the 25 years of an overwhelming eyesore of the wind turbines on the skyline."
Chris Jackson, RES project manager, said: "LEDS is an exciting new form of community benefit which seeks to deliver direct and tangible benefits to people living and working closest to our proposed wind farms in the form of a discount to their electricity bills.
"Feedback received from consultation with communities near both existing and potential development sites has highlighted that people felt cheaper electricity was the most practical benefit RES could offer. We conducted a successful trial last year and I'm delighted that RES is now able to offer LEDS to people living near Mynydd Marchywel Wind Farm."