Plan for solar energy farm is on display

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A NEW energy farm to capture solar power could be created on the site of an old coal mine in Doncaster if plans are given the go-ahead.

But the 100-acre site of the former Askern Colliery is currently designated as green belt land by Doncaster Council.

Renewable energy company RE-Fin Solar wants to generate 15.7 million kWh of electricity a year - enough to power 4,000 households - by placing solar panels on the land.

Askern residents will have the chance to express their views on the proposed development at a public exhibition next Tuesday at Alexander House in High Street.

RE-Fin Solar claims the plans could help Doncaster to meet its renewable energy targets.

Mark Jones, senior planner at planning consultancy Barton Willmore, which is working on behalf of the company, 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 Council.”

The panels would be around 2.5 metres high and would be made of non-reflective material in order to reduce their visibility.

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

Residents will be able to see the plans at Tuesday’s meeting from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, talk directly with the developers and offer their feedback on the proposals.