Banks Renewables is the company behind the Penny Hill Wind Farm and we’re passionate about creating green energy and believe a solar farm on land next to the wind farm will generate even more green electricity and deliver more benefits for your community.
Solar farms offer a fantastic opportunity to enhance biodiversity and help address the decline in UK farmland species. Once installed solar farms are largely undisturbed during their lifetime, creating a safe haven where habitats and species can flourish. New wildflower meadows and hedgerow improvements will support local wildlife including pollinating insects, small mammals, bats and birds. Penny Hill Solar Farm will add to the habitat improvements already delivered by the wind farm to further benefit the area and leave a positive legacy for farmers and the environment.
The site will be well hidden in the landscape by existing hedgerows and rolling land. Our proposals include strengthening the vegetation with native planting. Existing hedgerows and trees in and around the site will be retained and managed as part of these proposals.
The area under the solar panels will be seeded with a wildflower meadow mix benefiting insects and birds. Wildlife margins have also been included in the design to benefit further local species. The specific enhancements will be decided using the results of our ecological surveys as well as local input and ideas.
Benefiting your community
Penny Hill Wind Farm has already delivered over £40,000 to community projects in and around your local area. If the Penny Hill Solar Farm was approved, it would provide more funding for projects that could make a difference in your community.
How could your community make the most of your benefits package?
A liaison committee, set up for the Penny Hill Wind Farm Community Fund, has been working with local residents and local councillors to ensure funds are being allocated to projects which will make a lasting positive impact in your community. If the Penny Hill Solar Farm was approved it would mean an additional contribution of £5,000 per annum (up to £115,000 over the lifetime of the project) would be added to the existing Penny Hill Wind Farm Community Fund.
Initiatives could include:
• Supporting community, sporting and voluntary groups who provide services to various sectors of the local community
• Energy efficiency improvements to local community buildings
• Wildlife and habitat enhancements
Benefits available to you right now
The Banks Community Fund supports community projects across the country with grants towards capital projects. Contact us using the details on the contact page for an application form or more information.