Residents living near Delabole wind farm are celebrating a ‘windfall’ payment today thanks to the performance of the turbines over the last year.
Renewable energy supplier, and owner of the wind farm, Good Energy, is crediting £50 to the accounts of households signed up to its special Delabole Local tariff.
Good Energy’s Delabole Local tariff, which is 20% cheaper than the company’s standard electricity tariff, was opened up to people living within 2km of the site in January 2013. As part of the deal, customers were promised a ‘windfall’ payment if the turbines performed well throughout the year.
Good Energy founder and chief executive, Juliet Davenport OBE, said: “It’s been a windy year at Delabole which is great for us and great for our local tariff customers. Our turbines have produced more power than we’d hoped – up 12% on the previous year – and it’s nice to be able to share the success with our loyal customers.”
Delabole is the UK’s first commercial wind farm. Good Energy invested £11.8 million to redevelop it in 2010, replacing the original ten turbines with four larger ones and more than doubling capacity from 4MW to 9.2MW. There are 1,250 Good Energy customers in Cornwall, with over 200 local residents signed-up to the Delabole Local tariff.