The Derbyshire Partnership Forum (DPF) was set up in 2000 and brings together more than 60 public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations to work collaboratively to improve the quality of life for the people of Derbyshire.
It is the strategic group which has identified six key 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 earlier this year.
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.
If any of the sites get the go ahead they could be up and running by March 2016.