We are committed to delivering a solar farm that contributes to local and national energy goals, while also providing tangible benefits to the local community, both within the land areas and through a community benefit fund.
Creating a local space for wildlife, leisure and education
Our vision for Peartree Hill is to deliver a project that not only contributes to the UK’s net zero target, but also encourages biodiversity, with a wide range of ecological mitigation and enhancements. This includes new wildflower meadows, grassland areas and habitat creation.
These ecological enhancements will be coupled with new and improved footpaths, providing access to outdoor classrooms, picnic areas and benches.
By incorporating public information boards and outdoor classrooms, Peartree Hill can serve as an educational facility for nearby schools and the wider community, where local people can learn about local biodiversity and renewable energy technology.
Other than a couple of Public Rights of Way, the main project site is comprised of private land, inaccessible to the public. Peartree Hill will increase opportunity for access, transforming it into a space of wildlife, leisure and education.
Community Benefit Fund
Beyond the benefits of the Peartree Hill solar farm, JBM Solar wants to give back to the local community and is committed to providing a community benefit fund that can be used to support local causes and initiatives. This community benefit fund would take the form of annual payments spread across the 40-year lifespan of the project’s operation.
We will work with local community representatives to understand how this fund can be best used to meet the area’s needs and aspirations.
On previous solar projects, this money has been used by Parish Councils for a wide range of local causes, from investing in community infrastructure such as village halls, to bolstering local services, and funding local clubs.