Shortlist selected for Myocum solar farm
Five companies have been shortlisted by Byron Shire Council to progress to the design and construction documentation stage of a 5MW solar farm at Dingo Lane, Myocum.
The companies invited to participate in the early contractor involvement are: Autonomous Energy Pty Ltd, Todae Solar Pty Ltd, Solgen Energy Pty Ltd, Gildemeister LSG Pty Ltd and Coolamon Energy Pty Ltd. The project team will soon progress the procurement process for specialist consultants to carry out electricity grid modelling and prepare a DA for submission.
Mayor Simon Richardson said it was an opportunity to increase local employment in the renewable energy sector in the Northern Rivers region.
“We’ve talked about the need to diversify beyond a dependency on tourism and hospitality, which we do very well, and as we start moving into the renewable energy space it gives us an opportunity to potentially help support that local industry, to add to their expertise,” Mayor Richardson said.
Council is also engaging with local Aboriginal Traditional Custodians, the Arakwal People of Byron Bay, at this early planning stage of the project to investigate opportunities for employment and cultural projects on the proposed solar farm or other Council initiatives.
Community input has been sought early on in the project so that it can be incorporated into the design and construction documentation and summarised in the DA. The DA process also provides opportunity for further community feedback before a decision is made on the next stage of the project.
Council remains committed to consulting with key stakeholders. As face-to-face community meetings are currently under COVID-19 restrictions, Council is providing further opportunity for feedback at this stage of the project until 18 May.
Further information such as the proposed site layout, glare assessment summary and flood maps are now available to view on the Dingo Lane Solar Farm project page on the Your Say Byron Shire website at: www.yoursaybyronshire.com.au/dingo-lane-solar-farm1
Published on 11 May 2020