Rosefield Solar Farm

Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains answers to frequently asked questions about Rosefield Solar Farm.

This page contains answers to frequently asked questions about Rosefield Solar Farm.

No. The entire Rosefield site is around 892 hectares (approx. 2,100 acres). However, we expect to use less than half (i.e. less than 446 hectares / 1,050 acres) of that for solar panels and battery storage. The rest of the site would be used for landscape, ecological and recreational enhancements.

We do. EDF Renewables actively pursues opportunities to support rooftop solar and already partners with Tesco to install solar panels on supermarket and warehouse roofs. But to meet the UK’s renewable energy targets, this needs to take place alongside all scales of solar projects – from the very small to the very large.

 

This includes ground-mounted solar at locations where grid connections exist like Rosefield Solar Farm, and installation on commercial properties, domestic settings and brownfield sites. Brownfield sites are often considered for solar development, but these sites tend to be more challenging in development terms, as the ground conditions are often unfavourable. There are also practical challenges around installing solar panels on some roofs due to the direction they face, their pitch, or poor maintenance.

No. To deliver the amount of solar energy generation that the Government has identified as needed to reach net zero by 2050 would require around 0.5% of the land currently used in the UK for farming. This is roughly half of the space currently taken up by golf courses. Early assessments show that Rosefield is almost entirely located on agricultural land that the Government does not define as the most productive (known as ‘best and most versatile’ land).

 

More broadly, the Government has identified climate change is the biggest medium to long term risk to the country’s food supply: this could reduce the proportion of ‘Best and Most Versatile’ agricultural land from 38.1% to 11.4% by 2050. Solar farms like Rosefield have a key role to play in combatting climate change. They also support farming in the long run by allowing the soil under panels to lie fallow and recover in quality.

We recognise that there has been a significant volume of construction in the area due to HS2 and East-West Rail. We are developing a detailed construction plan which will set out how we propose to limit the effects of construction on local communities. This will be shaped by feedback received from consultation, along with the outputs of our environmental assessments and technical work. We will present more detail about construction and how traffic will be managed at the next stage of consultation.

We oppose the abuse of human rights and forced labour anywhere in the global supply chain. We ask all suppliers to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act and we are also actively strengthening our existing procurement process to make every effort to prevent any negative impact on people and the environment.

 

We support applying the highest possible levels of transparency and sustainability throughout the value chain and commit to the development of an industry-led traceability protocol to help ensure our supply chain is free of human rights abuses.

Where possible, we will retain existing Public Rights of Way on their current routes within Rosefield. In a small number of cases, we may look at how best to divert footpaths with the aim of creating a better experience for users. We are also looking at opportunities to enhance the existing network of Public Rights of Way within the site.

Our aim is to design Rosefield in a way that reduces its visual impacts and protects the amenity of its neighbours. As part of our environmental assessments, we are examining the effect that Rosefield could have on the landscape from a range of public viewpoints around the site. Where appropriate, we will propose mitigation such as new planting to help screen the site.

Monitoring of solar farms in the UK has shown that they can provide habitats for rare and vulnerable species like skylark and brown hares, as well as supporting a wide range of plants. Rosefield has the potential to make a similarly positive impact on the local environment. Using feedback from our phase one consultation, the results of our environmental assessments and our ongoing work with stakeholders, we will design a detailed biodiversity plan for Rosefield Solar Farm to deliver a ‘net gain’ in biodiversity.

Yes. Battery storage technology is safe and makes use of tried and tested technology, much of which we use in our day-to-day lives, such as electric cars.

 

While battery storage at Rosefield would be larger in scale, we would build safety measures into our battery design, including, for example, self-contained units for each battery. This is something EDF Renewables does at the battery storage sites it manages around the country.

 

We will work closely with Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue, the Health and Safety Executive and other relevant statutory bodies throughout the development of Rosefield.