People living near windfarms to be offered stakes from £5 to counter opposition

Report for government says windfarm communities will be able to invest in new projects in a shared-ownership scheme designed to win over opponents of the turbines

People living near new windfarms will be able to buy a stake in them for as little as £5 under new plans, as part of a fightback by industry to win over opponents of wind turbines.

In a report produced for the Liberal Democrat energy and climate secretary, Ed Davey, renewable energy trade bodies, community energy groups and academics say that major future wind and solar farms should give communities the chance to invest and own as much as a quarter of projects.

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