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Wind farm jobs cost £154k each a year

The Scottish Government’s renewable energy policy has been dealt another blow after it emerged that every wind farm in the country is effectively subsidised by £154,000 a year, the Scottish Express reported.

New analysis of government and industry figures shows that UK wind turbine owners received £1.2bn from consumer subsidies, which was paid by a supplement on electricity bills last year.

Just 2,235 people are directly employed by Scotland’s 203 onshore wind farms, which receive an annual subsidy of £344m. Even if the maximum number of jobs forecast are created by 2020 the effective subsidy on them would be £80,000 a year.

Across the UK, the industry employs 12,000 people, to produce an effective £100,000 subsidy on each job.

The analysis was carried out by the Renewable Energy Foundation, a think-tank which has criticised the cost of wind farms claiming they currently add £47 to the average household’s cost of living.

Across the UK, the industry employs 12,000 people, to produce an effective £100,000 subsidy on each job.

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