Go-ahead for 25,000 panel solar farm in Derbyshire

A new 25,000-panel solar farm capable of powering 1,500 houses is to be built on agricultural land in Derbyshire.

Bolsover District Council has granted planning permission for the solar farm to be created on old colliery land near Creswell.

The site, which lies near to Frithwood Lane, Elmton, Creswell, is approximately 11.8 hectares and is reclaimed land that was previously a colliery spoil heap and used for grazing sheep.

The planning permission allows for the solar farm to operate for an initial 25-year period.

Work on the development is due to start in January.

Developer Charles Houston said around one-third of the land will be taken up with the solar panels, with the rest remaining in agricultural use.

It is proposed the development will have an export capacity of approximately five megawatts, saving more than 2.7 million kg in CO2 emissions every year, with all the power being exported in to the grid for use locally.

A council spokesman said: “The developer has also undertaken a detailed biodiversity plan to mitigate the impacts the development will have on the wildlife and landscape.”