Caton Moor wind farm
Caton Moor is one of our few sites on an area of open access moorland. The site is close to junction 33 of the M6 motorway and has a small picnic site and information board just next to the turbines – although it can be a bit windy for a picnic!
In 2007 we held our company AGM at The Victoria Institute in Caton and returned to the same venue in 2014 to host an industry event to give local planning officers a chance to visit an operational wind farm. Since then we are also delighted that The Victoria Institute has been successful in an application to our nationwide community benefit programme to improve the energy performance of their building with improved insulation and draft-proofing.
Thrive Renewables invested in the site in 2006 and immediately undertook a "repowering" exercise – replacement of the existing 10 turbines with just 8 more modern and efficient machines. With two fewer turbines and only a small increase in the size of each, output from the site was increased seven fold to 47 million units of electricity per annum.
At the same time we were able to make a financial contribution to the erection of a small wind turbine at the local Quernmore Primary School and we often welcome schools and other groups onto the site to learn about renewables and wind energy.
A short feature film
In 2017, Triodos Bank featured our Caton Moor wind farm in a short promotional film. We have a long standing relationship with Triodos Bank who provide ethical project finance for a number of our sites.