Peel Energy (Peel Energy), part of the Peel Group, has commissioned Port of Liverpool’s new GBP15 million waterfront wind farm. Last of the four turbines, each 125 meters tall have been commissioned by the company. The 10 megawatt (MW) wind farm is located in Liverpool and Sefton. It generates enough to power 5,500 homes. Peel Energy’s six-turbine Royal Seaforth Docks waterfront wind farm, which has been operating since 1999, is near to this wind farm.
The Port of Liverpool project has fewer turbines than its neighbor, but it can generate almost three times the electricity.
Port of Liverpool’s Executive Member for the Environment Councilor Berni Turner said: “2009 (Year of the Environment) isn’t just about Liverpool, it’s about bringing the whole of Merseyside together with the aim of becoming a sustainable community.
“This is a wonderful initiative as wind farms are a great way of harnessing natural resources and at the same time reducing our carbon footprint.”
Sefton’s cabinet member for the environment Councilor David Tattersall added: It’s a daily reminder to businesses and the community of the need to manage our energy consumption.
“It’s great to see the wind farm already making a significant contribution to our local renewable energy targets and to know that Sefton is doing its bit.
Residents living in view of the turbines have also praised the scheme for “enhancing” the waterfront.
Ian Hamilton Fazey, chair of Waterloo Residents’ Association, believes the turbines add an appropriate visual dynamic to the Port’s skyline.
Fazey said: They are in the right setting and are enhancing the area around them.
Many of us were concerned in the early days, principally about noise and the fact that some turbines were proposed much nearer local housing.