Contractor Forrest has secured a place on the Coal Authority’s four year framework to install solar panels across some of its portfolio of land and properties.

Forrest’s specialist in-house energy team will undertake the design and installation of roof and ground mounted solar PV systems alongside two other contractors HBS New Energies and Campbell & Kennedy.

The Coal Authority, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, was established to manage the effects of Britain’s complex coal mining legacy, including mine water pollution.

It is responsible for 75 mine water treatment plants across Britain, which prevents some 4,000 tonnes of iron solids from entering water courses and drinking water each year. Out of the 75 schemes, 43 require some form of at-depth pumping. The consequence of this is an annual power cost of £2 million for the Coal Authority and is why it began to explore various ways to not only offset the demand for electricity on each site but also minimise its climate change impact.

Darroch Baker, Divisional Director at Forrest said “We have a strong reputation for delivering rooftop, ground-mounted and even floating solar systems in both the public and commercial sectors and are thrilled to be appointed by the Coal Authority to this new Framework. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Authority to deliver energy technologies to resolve the impact of mining, and establishing innovative and creative solutions to assist in providing a sustainable future”.

Phil Broughton, Innovation Project Manager for the Coal Authority said: We are pleased to be working with Forrest as they will play a part in our aim to significantly reduce the operational costs of some of our treatment schemes across the country. We believe solar arrays are an innovative way to support our overall sustainability goals”.

This latest win comes shortly after Forrest’s appointment to Southern Water’s solar PV framework.