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Peel Energy is committed to fostering good relations with the communities in which we operate.
From the inception of a project through to decommissioning, Peel Energy seeks to minimise the impact on, and build a positive relationship with, those in the vicinity of an energy project by:
- assessing sensitive receptors near the site, for example, for noise and visual impact
- designing the layout of the site and choosing equipment to minimise any potential impact
- applying considerate construction principles
- getting involved with the community throughout the life of the project, for example, through recreation, education, employment and community funds.
Communities can benefit directly from an energy project in their area through a number of mechanisms.
At Scout Moor, for example, Peel Energy encourages environmental and energy studies by visiting schools and has historically supported visits to the wind farm. We also provided funding to enhance the environment and habitats on up to 500 hectares of land within the surrounding area. Funds are available to local landowners to help them create biodiverse habitats such as upland blanket bog and areas suitable for skylarks and wading birds on the moorland fringe.
We are also proposing to provide community funding from several wind farms we have in development - amounting to millions of pounds over the life of these schemes.