JBM Solar has launched a consultation for a 320MW solar project in Yorkshire, in the UK. JBM Solar (RWE Group) is proposing to locate Peartree Hill Solar Farm to the east of Beverley in East Riding, Yorkshire. The initial consultation period runs from 9 October until 6 November 2023. Peartree Hill is made up of several areas of land, connected by a series of underground cables. The most northern part of the site is located northwest of Leven, with the remainder of the solar farm located on land between the villages of Tickton, Riston, Wawne, Weel, and Woodmansey.
Although plans are at an early stage, the developer has outlined its commitment to the retention and enhancement of natural habitats and species, while delivering “biodiversity net gain” through new planting and habitat creation. The project also proposes to increase opportunity for access, with enhanced public footpaths, wildflower meadows, picnic areas, information boards and educational trails. JBM Solar will establish a £4.2m community benefit fund to support local causes and initiatives and is seeking feedback on how this fund can best serve the local community. Development Project Manager, Mike Greslow, said: “Our plans for Peartree Solar Farm are at an early stage and we strongly encourage the community to actively participate in the consultation process. “Local insight and feedback will go a long way in helping to shape the proposals.” “This project is an opportunity to help tackle the climate crisis and deliver on local and national energy targets. “The UK needs to rapidly expand its renewable energy network to deliver on its aim to decarbonise the energy sector by 2035, and renewable energy projects like Peartree Hill will help to achieve that.”
Credits: renews.biz [Image: RWE]