Harworth Group and Greentech have submitted a planning application to Telford & Wrekin Council for the development of a solar farm at the site of a former open cast coal mine in Shropshire in the UK.
The planning application is expected to be determined by Telford & Wrekin Council later this year.
The proposed solar farm will generate 28,500 megawatt hours a year of renewable electricity.
The project would be delivered by a joint partnership between Harworth and Greentech.
The environmental enhancement strategy for the site includes planting or reinforcing three kilometres of hedgerows, the creation of new wetland habitats, and areas to be planted with native trees, shrub habitats and wildflower meadows to improve local biodiversity.
Greentech has worked with Harworth to manage the project from conception and will continue to do so during the planning and construction phases and through long term ownership.
Harworth senior asset manager Matthew Smith, Harworth said: “The proposed New Works Solar Farm would be the embodiment of the UK Government’s planned Green Industrial Revolution, transforming a former open cast coal mine into a major renewable energy generation site.
“This site will deliver clean electricity to local people and businesses and help Telford & Wrekin Council to meet its ambitious 2030 carbon neutral target.”
Greentech managing director Yaw Ofori added: “We are delighted to have worked with Harworth to bring these proposals forward.
“As one of the largest independent managers of solar power plants in Europe, by working with and engaging local stakeholders, we will use our expertise to deliver a site that balances renewable generation as part of the energy transition, with providing a haven for wildlife, biodiversity and an important space for the local community to enjoy.”