Marshes CBF Third Round

Marshes CBF Third Round

Marshes CBF has announced the successful applicants from the third round of awards made by the community benefit fund.

Once again there was a great deal of interest, with the total funding sought being just over £216,000 against an available amount of £72,000. The independent Panel of local residents agreed to award £71,451 to seven projects which in the views of the Panel best met the requirements and objectives of the Community Benefit Fund.

The successful applicants are: 

  • Helsby High School was awarded £35,000 towards the development of community netball courts which will also be available for other uses.
  • Hornsmill Pre-School in Helsby receives £20,000 for a footpath to improve pedestrian access from the A56 Chester Road, taking pressure off parking requirements at the school and surrounding areas.  
  • Alvanley Cricket Club will receive partial funding of £10,000 towards new practice nets.
  • Radiate Arts, a CIC, was awarded £1,269 for table-top easels and an iPad for delivering its ‘Feel Great...Create’ art projects campaign involving primary school pupils and care homes for the elderly in the Fund area.
  • Helsby Community Association was awarded £2,100 for improvements to the disabled toilets at the Community Centre & Library.
  • Frodsham Volleyball Club received a further £1,129 to develop a 6-a-side team
  • Frodsham Players, a local theatre group, £1,953 will receive for new LED lighting.  

Dianne Walker (Panel Chairman) explained that Panel members thought the standard of applications was high and difficult choices had to be made but, the Panel feels that the projects awarded funding will significantly benefit the residents in the areas surrounding the Frodsham Wind Farm. 

The Panel members will be monitoring the projects as they develop to ensure they meet the objectives set out in the signed agreements. The small remainder of the funds available in this round, but not allocated to projects, will be carried forward in reserves.
 

Wrexham Glyndwr University meets Frodsham Wind Farm

Wrexham Glyndwr University meets Frodsham Wind Farm

 The students, Muir and Michael on site.

The students, Muir and Michael on site.

Students from Wrexham Glyndwr University visited the wind farm as part of their Renewables and Sustainable Engineering programme. David Sprake, the programme Director for the University said:

 

“We had a fantastic talk by Managing Director Muir Miller and Operations Manager Michael Humphreys about the planning process the project had to undertake before approval, the engineering and construction challenges, and how this was achieved in an environmentally sensitive area that required careful management of the local habitat and wildlife”.

 

Muir and Michael gave the students a tour of the site, which included a visit to the wind farm control centre and several of the turbines. The pair were met with many interesting questions about the day-to-day running of the wind farm, as well as more technical questions about the engineering design and construction of the turbines themselves. David Sprake noted that “trips like this one help bring to life the theory we teach in the classroom.” It is clear that these students represent the future of the Renewable and Sustainable Engineering, and Peel Energy are pleased to be involved in supporting their education and development.

Frodsham Wind Farm Drone Survey

Frodsham Wind Farm Drone Survey

 The Turbine and the Drone.

The Turbine and the Drone.

Over the last two months we have been undertaking drone surveys at our wind farm in Frodsham. Throughout that time Ben Smith from Kensson Aerial Imaging has been accompanied and assisted by various members of our team, manoeuvring the DJI commercial drone throughout the moving wind turbines at a height of 300ft.

The end product of the survey is a geo-referenced map, with digital imagery that can produce clarity of image so good that we can analyse the pebbles on the road. The survey serves a number of purposes:

·         Mapping the environmental impacts of the wind farm on the surrounding land

·         Tracking the habitat of the various species of birds we have on site

·         Helping with the maintenance of the access tracks and turbine bases.

The initial drone survey has taken four days to complete, and we will now be undertaking these surveys twice a year.

Marshes CBF First Round

Marshes CBF First Round

Marshes Community Benefit Fund announces the success of the first round of Community Projects | Community projects near the Frodsham Wind Farm share £60,000 in the first round of awards this year.


The Marshes Community Benefit Fund (MCBF) Panel closed the entries in February 2017 for the first £60,000 of the annual £120,000 community payments made by Frodsham Windfarm Limited.

The application process attracted a lot of interest with seventeen applications totalling just over £200,000 competing for the initial tranche of funding available (£60,000). 

The independent panel of local residents have been busy over the last couple of months assessing the applications and clarifying details of the shortlisted community projects to ensure that they are capable of being delivered in accordance with the requirements of the Community Benefit Fund constitution.x

The panel have notified seven applicants, within the Marshes CBF eligible area, that their projects have been successful totalling £60,000.  The largest project has been awarded £30,000 and the smallest £250.

Projects that were not awarded funding in this round have also been notified.  Eligible schemes that were unsuccessful in this round can reapply for future rounds.

Details of the projects will be released on the Marshes CBF website over the next few weeks, once the grant agreements have been signed.

Dianne Walker (Panel Chairman) explained that Panel members are all volunteering their time and have been working hard over the last two months reviewing the applications and are looking forward to seeing the successful projects being developed, to benefit the residents in the areas surrounding our new wind farm. The panel have been very pleased with the high quality of applications received

 

 

Peel Energy to partner with Vital Energi

Peel Energy to partner with Vital Energi

Following a thorough market evaluation process, Peel Energy will form a joint venture with Vital Energi to form an ESCo (Energy Services Company) to continue the development and implementation of a District Heating Network associated with the consented Barton Biomass CHP project near Manchester.

District Heating is a tried and tested technology that is widespread within Europe and a growing market within the UK. Capturing heat from the local electricity generation process offers those connected with a sustainable, low carbon and secure supply of heat at competitive prices when compared to traditional methods.

Heat from the planned Biomass CHP plant will be transported through a series of new dedicated super insulated underground pipes that connect to properties for the provision of low carbon space heating and hot water requirements through a heat exchange unit, replacing current traditional means of generating their energy. As a market leader within this sector, Vital Energi brings many years of knowledge, skills and expertise in the design, installation, operations, maintenance and customer services for all scales of decentralised energy systems and ESCo services.

Peel Energy and Vital Energi, will continue to progress the project to define the proposed Heat Network route that is being driven primarily by the high level of interest and demand received from within the locale.  The JV ESCo will provide service levels and guarantees to all connected customers to assure them of continuity of supply.

Muir Miller, Managing Director Peel Energy, “The District Heating Network is a strategically important component of our Biomass CHP project. We’re excited to be working with Vital Energi who are a market leader within this sector with the credibility, experience and expertise to assist us in the continued development and delivery of this project

Nick Gosling, Group Sales and Strategy Director Vital Energi, “We are really pleased to be working with Peel Energy on a landmark project for the North West that will not only provide security of supply for end users but will significantly reduce CO2 emissions”