How we work with communities

Renewable energy developments are subject to strict planning controls to protect local communities and the environment. Regardless, we know development does have an impact on people nearby. So, we make it our business to involve you in the process, answering questions and addressing concerns. We often go beyond the standard requirements, spending time and money to get it right.

Making the most of our sustainable natural resources. Tackling the causes of climate change. Reducing our reliance on imported fuel. In the end, we hope that having a renewable energy development near you is something you can be proud of. 

If we identify suitable land near you, we:

  • Contact the local authority to find out if an Environmental Impact Assessment is required
  • Introduce ourselves to your community via a mailout 
  • Arrange a consultation session before we submit a planning application

The wider benefits

It’s true that renewable energy developments change the way land is used, they are visible in the landscape and can be positioned close to rights of way.

There are other things that are simply not true. Here we bust some myths about renewable energy developments.

Solar farms harm nature

As well as a climate crisis, we have a biodiversity crisis. We’re losing species at an alarming rate. Far from harming nature, solar farms can restore biodiversity, helping plants and animals to flourish for the next 40 years.

Fields are only for food

There is enough land in the UK to grow food and generate electricity. To develop renewable energy at the speed and scale to make a real difference, brownfield and rooftop sites are not enough. We need greenfield sites too.

Solar farms are noisy

Some parts of a solar farm do make noise, compared to an empty field anyway. But they can be designed and arranged so that any noise can’t be heard over background sound levels.

Solar farms cause flooding

A solar farm won’t make an area more prone to flooding. In fact, when properly designed and built, a solar farm can even improve the drainage in an area and reduce the risk that nearby communities will flood.

Working with communities

If you live in a community near one of our proposed developments and you’d like to know more, get in touch.