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

We have listened to feedback from the early-stage consultation and are proposing:

  • New wildflower meadows and grassland areas across the site, to support local ecology
  • Habitat creation, including new bird and bat boxes and beehives
  • Up to 7km of new permissive paths, helping to improve public access to the site
  • Outdoor classroom, with public information boards, where local people can learn about local biodiversity and renewable energy technology
  • New picnic areas and benches which will be accessible from the new permissive paths
  • Up to 15km of new native hedgerows and trees to further improve visual screening and habitat creation
  • New community orchards, helping to encourage people of all ages to get involved in local biodiversity

Community Benefit Fund

Beyond the benefits of the Peartree Hill site, RWE wants to
give back to the local community and is committed to
providing a community investment fund that can be
used to support a wide variety of community projects
over the lifetime of the solar farm.

Typically RWE community funds are managed by an
independent third party who support fund applicants
to ensure the funds are as accessible as possible, and
recruit a panel of local people to make decisions on
fund allocations. We are proposing to provide up to
£4.2 million over the lifetime of the Peartree Hill.

This would take the form of annual payments spread
across the 40-year lifespan of Peartree Hill’s operation.

RWE has a long track record for involving communities
in shaping how their funds are developed and we would
welcome feedback on your ideas for how such funding
might benefit your local area. You can visit our website
to find out more about how RWE community funds are
benefitting local communities:

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