It is the strategic group which has found six priority areas for action on climate change, one of which is ‘A Secure Local and Renewable Energy Supply.’
At the core of this priority is partnership working with businesses, communities and the Local Authority Energy Group arm of the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) to identify and deliver potential sites for renewable energy schemes.
Six sites on land we own in the North East Derbyshire and Amber Valley areas were initially identified for potential development as solar farms.
Following consultation, five sites – former colliery or underused agricultural land unsuitable for growing crops – were shown to have overall support for ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
The panels work by generating electricity from the sun. An energy supplier then pays us for each unit of electricity produced with extra payments if the electricity is exported to the National Grid.
Further feasibility studies mean four sites are now being put forward for planning approval.
- former Williamthorpe Colliery, Holmewood
- Westthorpe Hills, former Westthorpe Colliery, Killamarsh
- former Swanwick Colliery reclamation land, Swanwick
- agricultural land at Mansfield Road, Temple Normanton
You can view planning applications for these sites.
A further 13 week consultation will be carried out before any planning decisions are announced.