Peel Cubico Renewables (PCR) is launching the first phase of consultation for Frodsham Solar, a solar farm with energy storage located north of Frodsham in Cheshire. Residents will have six weeks to review the cutting-edge plans and provide feedback until 13th July.
Frodsham Solar will enhance existing industry in the area and lead the way in low carbon technology development, supporting Net Zero North West’s vision to become the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040. Home to clusters of innovation and local employers like the energy and resource hub, Protos and the existing renewable energy project, Frodsham wind farm, Frodsham sits within a world-leading location for this vital investment.
Current plans outline that Frodsham Solar could have the capacity to generate around 150 MW of clean power and provide 100 MW to the local substation through an agreement with SP Energy Networks for distribution to the local area. For context, 100MW is equivalent to being enough clean power for approximately 34,000 homes, reducing homeowners’ reliance on dirty fossil fuels.
PCR is actively exploring opportunities to the use of the project’s clean power, in combination with energy storage, to provide reliable and cheaper energy to local business and job providers in the area. The intention is for electricity generated by Frodsham Solar to be supplied through a combination of SP Energy Networks – the network operator responsible for distributing electricity across Merseyside and Cheshire – and these direct private connections to local businesses and industrial clusters neighbouring the project.
At this early stage in the project, PCR is committed to working proactively with local communities within which they operate. PCR will take a local approach which fosters creative ideas which respect resident’s views.
The first phase of consultation begins today, running for six weeks until Thursday 13th July. Frodsham Solar’s website, frodshamsolar.co.uk, has more details on the project, including a downloadable consultation leaflet and details on how the community can get involved.
Annette Lardeur, Development Manager for Frodsham Solar, said:
“Energy security is one of the biggest issues in the UK right now with many people understanding that the high cost of energy is linked to our reliance on imported gas. This project will support our national ambitions to reduce energy prices, cut emissions and create homegrown clean energy.
“Frodsham Solar will play a key part in this transition while creating a flow of clean electrons to homes and businesses in the region.
“We are really excited to launch the first phase of consultation for Frodsham Solar and we invite anyone who is interested in the scheme to get involved with our consultation activities.
“Whether this is attending one of our information events or filling out our feedback form, all feedback will be listened to and will help shape our proposals as the project moves forward.”
There are many ways in which people can take part in the consultation. There are five in-person information events and one online community webinar for anyone interested in the project, where people will be able to speak to different members of the project team.
The details of these events are:
|Date & Time
|Helsby Community Centre
Lower Robin Hood Lane, Frodsham, WA6 0BW
|Saturday 17th June
12pm – 4pm
|Christchurch Hall, Weston Point
Sandy Lane, Weston Point, Runcorn, WA7 4EU
|Tuesday 20th June
3pm – 7pm
|Frodsham Community Centre
Fluin Ln, Frodsham, WA6 7QN
|Wednesday 21st June
2pm – 7pm
|Elton Community Centre
School Lane, Elton, Chester, CH2 4PU
|Thursday 22nd June
11am – 4pm
|Frodsham Community Centre
Fluin Lane, Frodsham, WA6 7QN
|Friday 23rd June
2.30pm – 7pm
|Online Community Webinar
|Monday 26th June
5.30pm – 7pm
Anyone interested in the project is invited to provide their feedback in a number of ways, including filling out the online feedback form found on the project website, completing a feedback form at one of the information events, or by writing to the project’s email email@example.com or freepost address: FREEPOST FS PCR CONSULTATION.
The deadline for receiving feedback is Thursday 13th July.
More information about the proposals can be found on the project website, frodshamsolar.co.uk, and if anybody would like to ask questions about the project can do by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling the freephone information line on 0808 175 4004, or by writing free of charge to FREEPOST FS PCR CONSULTATION.