Consultation to be launched on 150MW Cheshire solar project

Consultation to be launched on 150MW Cheshire solar project

Published: 2 Jun 2023, 10:52

The 150MW solar farm will feature co-located battery storage. Image: Peel Cubico Renewables.

A consultation is being launched by Peel Cubico Renewables (PCR) for a 150MW solar farm in Cheshire.

The current plans for the Frodsham Solar farm would see the site generate around 150MW of clean power and provide 100MW to a local substation, which has been formalised via an agreement with SP Energy Networks for distribution to the local area.

It is expected that the project will also incorporate co-located battery energy storage. The capacity of the energy storage asset has not been revealed and the generation capacity of the solar farm could also change due to design amendments.

Due to the capacity of the solar project exceeding the 50MW threshold, it is expected that this project, if developed, would be classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). Solar Power Portal recently sat down with Gareth Phillips, partner at Pinsent Masons, to find out more about the 373MW Cleve Hill Solar Park which recently started construction.

The first phase of consultation on the Frodsham Solar Farm will last for six weeks, with residents expected to provide feedback until 13 July.

“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,” said Annette Lardeur, development manager for Frodsham Solar.

“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 forms, all feedback will be listened to and will help shape our proposals as the project moves forward.”

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