Tyrone farmer revealed as biggest claimant under North's infamous RHI scheme
A businessman who runs a chicken farm and tanning salon from the same address has emerged as the largest recipient in the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.
Paul Hobson's poultry farm in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, has a record 13 RHI-funded wood pellet boilers. The details are included in the list of RHI grant recipients published by the Department for the Economy yesterday.
It follows months of legal wrangling between the department and an organisation representing RHI recipients, which unsuccessfully fought to have the company names remain private.
The Department for the Economy figures show that Mr Hobson has received £659,540 from his 13 boilers up to February 28, 2017, making him the largest recipient of RHI grants and the one with the largest number of boilers.
His farm is on target to receive a combined total of over £2.5m in grants throughout the duration of the green energy scheme.
Mr Hobson's boilers were installed in 2013 and 2014, before the big rush to sign up in 2015.
The Department of Agriculture used his farm as a successful example to other farmers interested in RHI.
One official included a photograph of Mr Hobson's boilers in an article he wrote encouraging farmers to attend a department workshop about RHI benefits.