A Westcountry wind farm has officially launched the country's first "local tariff" to reward householders who live near the site with lower electricity bills.
People who live within 2km (1.2 miles) of Good Energy's Delabole wind farm in North Cornwall are now able to switch to the new rate, which offers a 20% discount on the firm's standard electricity prices, if they sign up by the end of next month. It will save an average Good Energy customer £100 a year while the tariff will also pay out a "windfall" credit of up to £50 per household every year that the turbines exceed their expected performance.
One of the first Delabole residents expecting to sign up is Susan Theobald – one of 70 people who expressed an interest in the scheme after it was announced in November.
"I think most people accept that renewable energy is becoming more important to our energy supply, especially with the prices of fossil fuels like gas going up and up," she said. "And it's great to have a renewable energy company ensuring that people in the local community benefit directly from hosting a wind farm through lower bills.
"In my case Good Energy has calculated that the local tariff should save me around £125 on my electricity bill, and that's really welcome."
Juliet Davenport, chief executive of Good Energy, added: "We are rewriting the rules about renewable energy generation in the UK and our local tariff puts community interest at the heart of what we do.
"I would urge all those who live at Delabole and are eligible to contact us to see how much they could save. Local people can and should have a part in the income that a wind farm generates."