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Southport Community Energy
The Southport community energy study concentrated on replacing the existing 20kW wind turbine at the Eco Centre. The proposed replacement would be a significantly larger, 1MW turbine connected to the leisure centre. This turbine would generate over 2.5 million kWh of electricity and save Sefton Council at least £40,000 per year. The cheaper electricity from the turbine would also improve the business case for fitting heat pumps and/or electric vehicle charging to the leisure centre. The scheme would save at least 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and provide a substantial community benefit fund.
A public survey received 197 responses, 95% of these showed support for renewable energy in principle and 92% were in support of the new wind turbine proposal.
The Sefton planning report says the scheme is acceptable in principle, but various studies would have to be undertaken before a planning application can be made. These include two years of bird surveys and consideration of noise, flicker and heritage.
Ed Gommon of Zero Carbon Liverpool City Region says that “we are excited to see the potential of this scheme. The current turbine is not working and is a poor advert for the Eco Centre, the replacement turbine would make a significant positive impact on Southport”
An application for Stage 2 funding from the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is being submitted in Feb 2022.