Airport Solar Scheme Update

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Peel Energy’s solar scheme to provide power to Liverpool John Lennon Airport is still going through the planning process, although we anticipate a planning committee hearing in April or May. Local interest has been high, with our scheme often being conflated with the aspirations set out in the larger airport “Master Plan 2050”. We have made some minor changes to address visual concerns (sub-station relocated) and secure boundary landscaping.

Airport Solar Scheme

Peel Energy has applied for planning permission to erect a solar PV array on land to the east of Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Sitting inside the approved Runway Extension Safety Area (RESA) at the eastern end of the main runway, the scheme will provide renewable energy directly to the Airport. The Airport’s “Master Plan to 2050” was widely consulted upon last year and included the potential for renewable energy deployment. The solar scheme was presented to local residents in Hale Village on 19 September this year at a ‘drop-in’ event attended by LJLA and Peel Energy team members.

Peel Energy has applied for planning permission to erect a solar PV array on land to the east of Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Sitting inside the approved Runway Extension Safety Area (RESA) at the eastern end of the main runway, the scheme will provide renewable energy directly to the Airport. The Airport’s “Master Plan to 2050” was widely consulted upon last year and included the potential for renewable energy deployment. The solar scheme was presented to local residents in Hale Village on 19 September this year at a ‘drop-in’ event attended by LJLA and Peel Energy team members.

2018 Bat Monitoring Finishes

 

30 September will see the bat monitors in all 19 of our turbines being removed, serviced and stored ready for next year. The data that we have gathered since 1 April will be uploaded and then analysed by our consultants – no small task if 600GB+ of data we gathered last year is anything to go by. This year we’ve had the added benefit of Sasha, Rockstar and Arnold – the wonderful trained sniffer dogs provided by Wagtail – looking for bat carcasses each and every month during the survey window.

 

Our analysis and findings will be written up into the overall ecology report for the year and should be available in the New Year via the Council’s website.

 

Like many others, we await publication by Natural England of its revised guidance on conducting pre-construction bat surveys as well as post-construction monitoring. This has been in the pipeline since 2017 – evidently you can’t rush a good thing!

Manchester University meets Frodsham Wind Farm

The students, Jonathan and Michael

The students, Jonathan and Michael

PhD students from Manchester University's IEEE Power and Energy Society, studying Electrical Engineering came to visit the wind farm on 24th July. We got some great feedback from the students:

" It was well organised offering an alternative insight into the complexities associated with onshore wind. The experts were friendly and open to questions."

"Very valuable experience to visit an industrial company related to the course we are studying."

Jon and Michael gave the students a tour of the wind farm which included a visit to the control room where a presentation was given, and where the students got to ask in-depth questions about the engineering and technical side of the site.

James Hill PhD researcher noted "It cannot be stressed enough just how useful the opportunity to get out into the 'real world' is for students so they can have a feel for the impact of their work". 

Even though we are a small team, we always try and accommodate requests from related professional institutions.

If you want to find out more about the IEEE and the visit then please follow the link below:

http://www.ieee-manchester.org.uk/previous-events/Peel-visit/

 

Sascha and Rockstar team up with Arnold

In April we introduced you to our furry friend Arnold, now meet Sascha and Rockstar who are also part of our environmental survey team!    All three will be on the wind farm till the end of September, helping us out with our bat   surveying.

In April we introduced you to our furry friend Arnold, now meet Sascha and Rockstar who are also part of our environmental survey team!

All three will be on the wind farm till the end of September, helping us out with our bat surveying.

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Sascha at Frodsham

Here's Sascha and our Operations manager on site at Frodsham.