Solar farm plans to be presented

A solar farm.
A solar farm.

plans have been unveiled to create a state-of-the-art solar farm on a former colliery site in Doncaster.

Renewable energy company RE-Fin Solar is looking to place solar panels over 40 hectares on the former colliery site in Askern, generating 15,700,000 kWh of electricity per annum - enough to power 4,000 households.

Now residents will have the chance to have their say on the planned development at a public exhibition next week at Alexander House in High Street, Askern.

Developers have said the plans could help Doncaster to meet its renewable energy targets.

A council spokesman said the site was classed as green belt land.

Mark Jones, senior planner at planning consultancy Barton Willmore which is working on behalf of RE-Fin, said: “With traditional energy reserves such as coal and gas declining, solar power is important to guarantee energy security and reduce carbon emissions.

“If approved this solar farm would by itself meet Doncaster’s 2021 renewable energy target.

“We’re keen to hear the views of local residents and interest groups so we can take their views on board before submitting our plans to Doncaster Borough Council.”

The panels are around 2.5 metres high and non-reflective in order to reduce their visibility from the surrounding areas.

The plans could also include proposals to create improved recreational facilities for residents in the surrounding area.

There could also be opportunities to hold school and college visits to the site if the plans are approved, to teach children about renewable energy, those behind the proposals have said.

Residents will be able to see the plans at Tuesday’s meeting in detail, talk directly with the development team and offer their feedback on the proposals.

The exhibition is taking place on Tuesday between 4.30 to 7.30pm.