Liverpool John Lennon Airport in Speke wants to use the solar panels to offset 2.5m kWH’s of electricity each year – less than a quarter of what the airport regularly consumes.
According to an application for a lawful development certificate, the airport uses more than 11m kWHs of electricity a year, with the vast majority being imported from the grid.
The proposed solar farm would have a generation capacity of 3MW. It would help reduce the amount of energy the airport has to import while also helping it meet its sustainability targets.
The nearly 14-acre solar farm would sit entirely within the aerodrome boundary, on land by the eastern end of the runway to the east of Dungeon Lane and south of Hale Road. Submitted plans include 5,616 panels.
If the application is approved, construction will take between three and four months.
Pegasus Group is the planning consultant for the project.
The proposal seems to align with a recent report from Liverpool City Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram. Rotheram issued a statement today saying LCR needs to cut its energy use in half by 2040.
The Liverpool City Region Pathway to Net Zero report described how the region will need £45bn in investment in order to meet its 2040 sustainability targets, of which £15bn would be needed to decarbonise the energy supply.
Want to learn more about the solar farm? The application’s reference number with Halton Council is 22/00019/PLD.
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