Frodsham Wind Farm was granted planning permission by the Secretary of State on 19 October 2012 following a public inquiry. Commercial operations date commenced on 31 January 2017, since then we have reached contracted availability of over 97%.
Construction of Frodsham Wind Farm commenced in March 2015 and became fully operational in February 2017. The turbines are Nordex N90 2.65MW machines, each being 125m in height to the blade tip.
The total installed capacity of the wind farm is more than 50MW, making it one of England’s largest onshore generating stations and the largest in the Cheshire region.
Frodsham Wind Farm is primarily located on land owned and operated by the Manchester Ship Canal Company, a part of the Peel Ports division of The Peel Group. The site is located within the administrative boundary of Cheshire West and Chester Council. Frodsham Wind Farm was approved by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 19 October 2012 following a public inquiry.
The wind farm is essentially divided into two ‘clusters’ of turbines, each served by its own sub-station:
• the western cluster comprises 13 turbines and is located to the immediate north of the village of Helsby;
• the eastern cluster consists of 6 turbines and is located to the immediate north of the village of Frodsham.
The wind farm has more than 10km of improved or new tracks. The ‘design life’ of the wind farm is 25 years, after which the wind farm will be decommissioned in accordance with a plan that will be approved by the Council.
In January 2016 Frodsham Wind Farm became the first construction site in the UK to be awarded the Biodiversity Benchmark: Design for Construction, from the Wildlife Trusts in recognition of the work which has been undertaken on site throughout planning and construction to preserve and enhance biodiversity.
Frodsham Wind Farm represents a significant contribution toward the use of a secure and free source of energy using well established technology.
The construction of the wind farm saw Peel adopt a ‘Cheshire First’ approach to its use of sub-contractors. By the end of construction nearly £1,000,000 had been put into the local economy.
The 25-year commitment to habitat enhancement will dramatically improve the attractiveness and utility of the site for a wide variety of birds.
The related “Marshes Community Benefit Fund” (www.marshescbf.uk) receives £120,000 each year to fund local projects, boosting community resiliency.
The Frodsham Wind Farm team will continue work with the Local Liaison Committee which meets frequently to discuss issues arising during operation and other matters. More information about the work of the LLC can be found here but if you have any concerns you can contact Frodsham Wind Farm directly via the contact details below.
Wind Farm Operation Contacts
For concerns about the operation of the wind farm:
- 24 hour response number 0845 2008 173 and select Option 1.
- In the event of an emergency we will try and get suitably qualified and trained personnel to site as soon as is reasonably practicable.
- Non-emergency matters will be acknowledged and addressed the following business day if the concern was raised outside of normal business hours (0830-1800).
Contact: Stephen Snowdon, Development Manager
Email: email@example.com Call: 0161 629 8258
Post: Peel Dome, The Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8PL
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