Coal mining in Staffordshire County, England dates back to the 13th century. Coal mining in the region grew during the Industrial Revolution. Approximately 20,000 men worked in the coal mines prior to World War I. Coal mines began to close after World War II and the last coal mine in the region closed in 1998.
The United Kingdom began to close coal fueled power plant with the development of utility scale wind farms and solar parks. The Rugeley B power station, the last coal-fueled power plant in Staffordshire County was finally shuttered in June 2016.
ENGIE, the owner of the closed Rugeley B power station has announced plans to convert the facility into a sustainable village of 2,000 homes that will be powered by solar panels. ENGIE is an electric utility company, headquartered in Courbevoie, France. Approximately half the power for the housing development will be provided by solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The housing development is scheduled to be completed by 2021.