Renewable energy company RES submitted an application to the Doncaster Council to build a solar power project at the former Thorne Colliery, a coal mine located east of the village of Moorends in South Yorkshire, England.
"This application is the result of thorough and extensive environmental assessments of the site and the surrounding area," according to RES Project Manager Eliot Davies. "Based on the results of our investigations, we believe the former Thorne Colliery site offers an excellent opportunity to generate renewable electricity."
RES invited local residents to attend a public exhibition to learn about the proposed Thorne Colliery Solar Farm and ask questions in April, according to the Thorne Times. The company directly contacted more than 1,400 homes and businesses to invite them to the event.
If the application is approved, the area could have a solar facility the size of 15 soccer fields, which could provide power for 2,500 homes, according to The Star. The solar farm would use ground-mounted photovoltaic panels, and would have a 27-year approval period, which would include one year for construction, 25 years of operation and 1 year for decommissioning.
RES expects an answer to the application by the end of the year and if approved, the solar farm could be operational by the fall of 2015.