Transforming Former Collieries

Anesco has developed a 30MW solar portfolio on the site of five former collieries owned by Harworth Estates, a project which falls strongly in line with Government policy to develop solar on brownfield land.


Project Outline

The ground-mounted solar installations will be operational for 25 years and generate enough low-carbon energy to provide power for around 9,000 homes, while saving up to 14,000 tonnes of carbon per year.

The project has seen the development of three sites in Nottinghamshire: Welbeck Colliery in Mansfield, Gedling in Lambley and a third site in Bilsthorpe. The fourth site is in Askern, South Yorkshire. Each solar farm is being monitored by Anesco’s maintenance system AnescoMeter which will ensure they continue to operate at their optimal capacity.

Welbeck Colliery was the the first site to come online. The installation covers an area of almost 32 acres. It comprises of 44,160 solar panels mounted on around 15km of frames that have a combined generation capacity of 11.2MW – sufficient energy to power more than 3,450 homes in the local area.

This site was followed by 5.74MW installations at both Gedling and Bilsthorpe and a 4.9MW installation at Askern. A 4.2MW installation at Oxcroft is currently under construction.

Gedling solar park aerial view

Project Results

  • Year 1 Saving on Carbon: 14,000 Tonnes
  • Generating enough renewable energy to power: 9,000 homes

From design and build through to the ongoing optimisation and maintenance of the sites, they have continued to display and outstanding passion, knowledge and commitment to delivering the very best outcome