Shetland Wind Farm Exhibition Dates Announced

Shetland Wind Farm Exhibition Dates Announced

Peel Energy, which recently acquired the rights to develop the Beaw Field Wind Farm, situated on the Isle of Yell, has announced dates for public exhibitions to inform local communities about the new plans for the site. 

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At the event, local people will be able to learn more about the proposed scale of the development. Peel Energy has estimated that the site could accommodate a maximum of 28 wind turbines up to a height of 145m although this number may reduce due to technical, environmental and commercial constraints on the site. 

The exhibitions will take place over two days as follows:

  • Tuesday 21st April – 2-7pm – Burravoe Public Hall
  • Wednesday 22nd April – 3-8pm – Mid Yell Public Hall

Representatives of Peel Energy will be available to answer questions from members of the public, elected Councillors, local businesses, council officials and any others who attend.

Other Information available at the exhibition will include:

  • Additional information about Peel Energy.
  • More about renewable energy and wind power in particular.
  • Maps of the proposed turbine layout for the Beaw Field Wind Farm.
  • A 3D computer simulation of the proposed wind farm allowing people to see what the wind farm will look like from any part of the local area.
  • Outline and possible ideas for models of how the community benefit associated with the development might be managed and how this could benefit the local area.

Bernadette Barry, Development Manager for Peel Energy said, “We are looking forward to presenting our plans for Beaw Field Wind Farm on Yell. We would encourage members of the local community to come along to discuss our plans with us and let us know their thoughts.”

She continued: “Because of the fantastic natural resources in the area, Shetland is one of the best areas of the UK for generating clean, secure energy, not just wind. The islands can be at the forefront of this sector for generations to come and we hope the Beaw Field Wind Farm will play a key part in that future.

Greater Manchester Scout Group Makes Use of Scout Moor Wind Farm

Greater Manchester Scout Group Makes Use of Scout Moor Wind Farm

One hundred Scouts, Explorers, Cubs, and Beavers from the Chadderton District of Greater Manchester North Scouts, visited Scout Moor Wind Farm on Saturday 29th March to take part in a sponsored Easter egg hunt and wind energy fact finding challenge.

Scout Group at Scout Moor Wind Farm

Scout Group at Scout Moor Wind Farm

Making use of the public footpaths which cross the moor, and the wind farm’s gravel tracks, the children split into groups with some searching for eggs and others challenged to use their orienteering skills by walking to specific turbines and collecting wind farm facts from their Scout leaders who were waiting for them.

Chris Welden, a Greater Manchester North Scout leader and event organiser, said:
“It was a great day for everyone involved, we had fun and exercise hiking across Scout Moor looking for Easter eggs, while also managing to learn about how wind energy works and raising much needed funds for our scout group and Dr Kershaw’s hospice.”

The majority of the funds raised will be donated to Dr Kershaw’s hospice with the remainder being used to replace the group’s damaged tents. The event was facilitated by Peel Energy that attended to answer questions about the wind farm, and the plans for expansion, which are being led by Scout Moor Wind Farm Expansion Limited.

Secretary of State Dismisses Asfordby Wind Farm Appeal

Secretary of State Dismisses Asfordby Wind Farm Appeal

The Secretary of State for Department of Communities and Local Government – Eric Pickles – has gone against the recommendation of his Planning Inspector and dismissed the planning appeal by Peel Energy to develop nine wind turbines on the former Asfordby Mine site in Leicestershire.

Asfordby Wind Farm Location Plan

Melton Borough Council originally refused planning permission for the wind farm in July 2012 despite the council’s Planning Officer recommending the application should be approved.

Jonathan England, Peel Energy Development Director said:
“We are disappointed and surprised about the Secretary of State’s decision and we will now consider our options before making a decision about how to
proceed.”

The wind farm would be designed to have an operational life of at least 25 years and would provide enough electricity to meet the average needs of more than 8,500 homes – 33% of the households in Melton Mowbray.