Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

STEPHEN TEMLETT and South Ayr­shire, re­ceived £6.36 mil­lion last year.

Both sites are op­er­ated by Scot­tishPower Ren­w­ables.

Dr John Con­sta­ble, di­rec­tor of Re­new­able En­ergy Foun­da­tion, a UK char­ity that pub­lishes data on the en­ergy sec­tor, said: “Wind­farms should not be com­pen­sated at all when asked to stop gen­er­at­ing and they cer­tainly should not re­ceive a large pre­mium over and above the lost in­come.

“This is tak­ing ad­van­tage of the con­sumer. It is a mys­tery to me why the reg­u­la­tor, Ofgem, has not been firmer about the mat­ter.”

Across Scot­land the pay­ments reached £125 mil­lion – 15 per cent more than 2017.

Robin Rigg East and West, two off shore wind­farms in the Sol­way Firth, were given more than £1 mil­lion to shut down.

Ewe Hill in Locker­bie re­ceived £1.1 mil­lion with Brock­loch Rig 2 in Car­sphairn be­ing paid £690,000 to stop pro­duc­tion.

Re­li­able source of en­ergy Wind­farms

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