Three formers collieries are set to witness what is being billed as “major regeneration” as a 30 megawatt solar array is installed across brownfield sites in the East Midlands.
The old coal-mining land in Nottinghamshire – split over Welbeck Colliery in Mansfield, Gedling in Lambley and a third site in Bilsthorpe – will see enough ground-mounted solar panels constructed to provide power to around 10,000 homes.
Of the three sites, the Welbeck Colliery, which was owned by UK Coal and closed in 2011, will be the first to come online. The 32 acre, 11.2 megawatt (MW) solar farm will encompass 44,160 solar panels mounted on approximately 15 kilometres of frames. The energy generated is predicted to power more than 3,450 homes in the local area and lead to carbon savings of around 5.11 tonnes each year.
Construction is being managed by renewable energy consultancy Anesco in conjunction with landowners, Harworth Estates, who own 30,000 acres across 200 sites.