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Increase in wind turbine uptake welcomed - Ó hOisín

23 November, 2012 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA for East Derry Cathal Ó hOisín has welcomed the increased uptake in single wind turbine applications in the greater County Derry area.

Speaking today Mr Ó hOisín said:

"Applications for single wind turbines has seen a growth in numbers. Local landowners and farmers are seeing the benefits of installing a wind turbine on their land to meet their own electrical needs and in some occasions, selling excess energy generated back to the grid.

“This is an innovative way to both cut costs on local farms and to generate income in this difficult economic climate.

“Applications in our area are growing with 135 submitted this year, an increase of 62 from the previous year.

"However there is a delay to this process with planning application not being met in the target time, although progress is being made on this.

“I would urge the Environment Minister to continue improving the speed in planning so as to ensure that the increased uptake of this renewable energy continues and increases.”

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