Peel submits plans for Yell wind farm project

Peel submits plans for Yell wind farm project

Peel Energy has lodged the Beaw Field Wind Farm application, for 17 turbines near Burravoe on the island of Yell, with the Scottish Government.

Photomontage of Beaw Field Wind Farm from Old Haa Museum Burravoe

Photomontage of Beaw Field Wind Farm from Old Haa Museum Burravoe

The application follows Peel Energy acquiring the rights to the proposed wind farm last year and carrying out a full public consultation with the local community on outline plans for the project. The purpose of this consultation was to allow the local community to have a say on the wind farm layout, including the size and number of turbines.

Bernadette Barry, Development Manager for Peel Energy said “We’ve been encouraged by the level of support and positive feedback from the local community so far. We would urge anyone with a view on the project to now submit a formal representation to the Scottish Government.”

Views can be submitted to the Scottish Government via email or post and must state the name of the scheme, the name of the person submitting their view, plus a full return email and postal address. Submissions to be emailed or posted no later than 19 April 2016 to the following:

Email: representations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Post: The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay , 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU.

Bernadette added: “Peel was keen to ensure that local people were fully engaged throughout the design process at Beaw Field and had the opportunity to provide meaningful input into the project design. We are committed to continuing this dialogue throughout the planning process and to providing lasting and tangible benefits to the communities in which we operate.”

Electronic copies of Peel’s application or a summary document are available for free on request. Hard copies of the application are also available at cost. Email requests to bbarry@peel.co.uk

Port Of Sheerness Wind Farm Reaches Financial Close

Port Of Sheerness Wind Farm Reaches Financial Close

Peel Energy is pleased to announce it has reached financial close for the Port of Sheerness Wind Farm project with KfW IPEX-Bank as the funding partner. This milestone marks the completion of all key contracts necessary to deliver this £16 million project. 

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Construction of the 4 turbine wind farm on the Lappel Bank dock wall at the Port of Sheerness, adjacent to Medway estuary in Kent, commenced in July of this year. Good progress has been made on the sub-station and turbine foundations through the summer; all tower bases have been poured. Turbines are planned to be delivered to the site in the second quarter of 2016 and the wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned in the third quarter of 2016. 

Muir Miller, Managing Director of Peel Energy said “Financial close for Port of Sheerness wind farm demonstrates the team’s determination, perseverance and patience in working through a number of challenges on the site. We are delighted to expand our relationship with KfW IPEX-Bank and look forward to completing the project over the coming year.” 

Thomas Brehler, Global Head of Power, Renewables and Water at KfW IPEX-Bank said: "As one of the world's leading providers of wind energy finance we are once again underlining our structuring expertise in the wind sector with this commitment. We are pleased to contribute to the production of renewable energy in England and are very happy to complete this second funding agreement with Peel Energy.” 

Last year Peel Ports announced its commitment to the region with the development of the Port of Sheerness Master Plan, created to inform the local community and key stakeholders of its proposals for sustainable expansion of the port estate. 

The Master Plan also details Peel Ports’ ambition to create around 1,250 jobs over the next 20 years, enabling it to remain a key employer and investor in the region.

Holy Trinity School visit Scout Moor Wind Farm

Holy Trinity School visit Scout Moor Wind Farm

Students at Scout Moor Wind Farm

Students at Scout Moor Wind Farm

Peel Energy recently facilitated a visit to its Scout Moor Wind Farm by a group of students from Holy Trinity Primary School in Bacup.
 
The visit was supervised by Ms Jennifer Ringland and formed part of the students’ “Geography Week”, during which they had built a wind farm in a field and also held a debate about the merits of using wind energy.
 
The wind farm visit took place on Tuesday 20th October and the children were accompanied by Peel Energy’s Development Manager, Steve Snowdon.  41 Year 5 students embarked on a tour of the wind farm and were given the opportunity to ask questions on site for just under an hour. In the afternoon, another visit took place by 36 Year 6 students, led by Peel Energy’s James Hadfield, along with 5 members of school staff with the students on each visit.
 
The morning visit was very foggy, which demonstrated how the turbine’s light grey colour allowed them to blend in and essentially vanish from sight. 

School display

School display

In addition to this, Peel’s Steve Snowdon also attended the Holy Trinity School on Wednesday 21st October to give presentations about renewable energy to the Year 2, 3 and 4 students (38, 37 and 37 respectively).

The Peel Energy team regularly show schools around the Wind Farm to allow them to experience it first hand. If you’re interested in discussing a school visit, please use the contact details at the foot of the page.

Frodsham Wind Farm Reaches Financial Close

Frodsham Wind Farm Reaches Financial Close

Peel Energy and Belltown Power are pleased to announce they have reached financial close for the Frodsham Wind Farm project with KfW IPEX-Bank as the funding partner. This milestone marks the completion of all key contracts necessary to deliver this £66 million project.

Frodsham Wind Farm

Frodsham Wind Farm

Construction of the 19 turbine wind farm on the Frodsham Marshes adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal and Mersey Estuary in Cheshire, commenced in April of this year. Good progress has been made on the access tracks, sub-station and turbine foundations through the summer.  Turbines are planned to be delivered to the site in the second quarter of 2016 and the wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned in the last quarter of 2016. A new radar is being installed at Chester Hawarden Airport (CHA) to mitigate the impact of the wind farm on the primary surveillance radars at CHA and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The wind farm will provide a Community Benefit Fund (CBF) of £120,000 per year for the lifespan of the wind farm. This will amount to £3,000,000 over 25 years. 

Muir Miller, Managing Director of Peel Energy said “Financial close for Frodsham wind farm represents a significant milestone in the UK wind energy sector involving both project finance and the procurement of a resolution in-fill radar to mitigate the impact on two airports. We are delighted to have formed new relationships with Belltown and KfW IPEX-Bank and look forward to working together to deliver the project over the coming year.”

Tom Hill-Norton, CFO of Belltown Power, said “We are delighted to have completed the project financing and acquisition of 50% stake in the Frodsham Wind Farm. This project builds on our previous success in the onshore wind space, adding a large ROC project that makes an important contribution to the UK’s renewable energy targets. We are incredibly excited to be partnering with a market leading developer like Peel Energy in constructing and operating the Frodsham wind farm.”

Thomas Brehler, Global Head of Power, Renewables and Water at KfW IPEX-Bank said: "As one of the world's leading providers of wind energy finance we are once again underlining our structuring expertise in the wind sector with this commitment. We are pleased to contribute to the production of renewable energy in England and are very happy to deal with Peel Energy and Belltown Power.

Second Yell Wind Farm Exhibition Dates Announced

Second Yell Wind Farm Exhibition Dates Announced

The developer behind a proposed wind farm on Yell has announced the dates for a second round of public exhibitions after an initial round of consultation showed strong local support for the project.

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Peel Energy, the company developing the Beaw Field Wind Farm on Yell, will hold a second round of public exhibitions in October after receiving positive feedback from local residents at previous events in April, when 82% of attendees indicated they were supportive of the company’s plans.

The events will be held as follows:
•    Tuesday 6th October, Burravoe Community Hall, 2pm – 7pm
•    Wednesday 7th October, Mid Yell Community Hall, 2pm – 7pm

At the second set of exhibitions, Peel will update local communities on the plans which now include 17 turbines up to a maximum height of 145 metres as well as detail how and why this design has been selected. Results of the feedback collected during the last set of exhibitions will also be displayed. 

There will be additional information on various studies carried out on the site such as ecology and cultural heritage and more detail on how the site will be accessed during the construction phase. The events will also provide an opportunity for local residents and other interested parties to quiz the project team in detail.

There will also be additional detail on the process by which a decision on the project will ultimately be made and how the public can make sure their views are known.

Bernadette Barry, Development Manager for Peel Energy said, “We are very grateful to local communities for their strong support for the project and we are keen to ensure the process of engagement and feedback continues right up to and throughout the construction and operation of the Beaw Field Wind Farm.”

“In particular, we are keen to explain how the final design has evolved as a result of technical and environmental studies we have carried out as well as feedback collected previously from local communities”

“The people we have built relationships with locally have been very well informed and their feedback has been invaluable in the design of the proposed wind farm.  I am sure we will get the same level of interest at this set of exhibitions and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to learn more and ask any questions they might have about the plans.”

For more information please visit www.beawfieldwindfarm.co.uk.