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Renewable energy role for former coal mine

Land that was previously used to mine coal in South Wales will again be involved in energy generation, if plans submitted by Conergy for a new solar farm on the site go ahead.

The developer plans to install 13.5 MW of panels on land in the Rhymney Valley site, which last produced coal in the 1970s.

The site is located on the area known as Hendai Farm.

Conergy UK & Ireland managing director Robert Goss said: “Coal powered Britain for over a hundred years and whole communities grew up around it. Solar is a simple technology, lasts for decades and can be deployed wherever people live.”

Mr Goss further stated that he expects solar power to continue to grow in the UK, as “no one needs to get their hands dirty or risk their life so that others can turn on the dishwasher”.

His company also plans to develop 4.45 MWp of solar power at Winnards Perch in Cornwall.

Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.