A MICRO wind generator proposed for Tesco in Helsby could power the superstore for the next 15 years.
The 10 metre-high turbine – known as a WindRotor – is vertically driven and doesn’t have propeller blades like a conventional wind generator.
And the Italian designed machine will produce enough energy to power the equivalent of about four UK homes.
A statement by developers TNEI services said: “WindRotors are to be installed in appropriate locations within the existing Tesco stores and depots throughout the UK. The renewable electricity they produce will be fed directly into the stores in question, reducing their consumption of conventionally produced electricity and, therefore, their carbon footprint.
“Although it is acknowledged that the proposed turbine would be visible it is considered that given its height, scale and colour treatment it would not have any significant detrimental impact to adjacent buildings or on the surrounding landscape character.”
A decision from Vale Royal Borough Council is expected to be made in December.
Millions of pounds will be invested into the Chester Road store if proposals to expand the site by half its size again are accepted. The store will have new stock new lines, more products, a larger shopping area and a café.