19 OCTOBER 2012
A new 19-turbine wind farm with the potential to generate enough power to supply the equivalent of 25,000 homes has today been given consent by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The 57 megawatt wind farm near Frodsham, Cheshire will generate enough power to supply the annual electricity needs of the people of Frodsham, Helsby and Elton combined, with enough power leftover to supply the equivalent of nearly a quarter of the needs of nearby Runcorn.
The wind farm will be developed by Peel Energy and create 50 new construction jobs and bring reductions in carbon dioxide emissions of up to some 50,000 tonnes per annum. A community trust fund will also be established.
A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said:
“Onshore wind provides a clean, secure and home-grown source of energy which can make a real contribution to reducing emissions.
“This new wind farm will provide a significant amount of renewable electricity and bring benefits to the local community.”