Dingo Lane Solar Farm, Myocum

Solar farms reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

The Dingo Lane Solar Farm project is a 4.95 megawatt solar farm currently proposed for Council-owned land, next to the Resource and Recovery Centre at Dingo Lane, Myocum.

Background

In May 2019, Byron Shire Council committed to carrying out a detailed feasibility assessment for the solar farm project. Once built, the Dingo Lane Solar Farm will generate enough electricity to:

  • reduce Council’s carbon emissions
  • offset Council’s power usage; and
  • send additional renewable power back into the grid.

Current stage

Council is currently carrying out a detailed feasibility assessment of the Dingo Lane Solar Farm. This includes confirming factors which will affect design risk (soil, flooding, glare), gaining important input from the local community, arranging suitable contracts to allow the project to proceed and eventually, submitting the project for Development Application approval.

Community engagement has commenced, starting with a door knock and mail-out to local residents and neighbouring properties, followed by an on-site information session in November 2019.

Next steps

To ensure the solar farm project reflects the desires of the community we would like to get your feedback.

Use the online Guestbook to provide your comments before 28 February 2020 for them to be considered in the detailed feasibility assessment.

Comments may be left after this date to contribute to the community discussion.

There will be further opportunities for the community to provide feedback prior to a development application being submitted.

The Dingo Lane Solar Farm project is a 4.95 megawatt solar farm currently proposed for Council-owned land, next to the Resource and Recovery Centre at Dingo Lane, Myocum.

Background

In May 2019, Byron Shire Council committed to carrying out a detailed feasibility assessment for the solar farm project. Once built, the Dingo Lane Solar Farm will generate enough electricity to:

  • reduce Council’s carbon emissions
  • offset Council’s power usage; and
  • send additional renewable power back into the grid.

Current stage

Council is currently carrying out a detailed feasibility assessment of the Dingo Lane Solar Farm. This includes confirming factors which will affect design risk (soil, flooding, glare), gaining important input from the local community, arranging suitable contracts to allow the project to proceed and eventually, submitting the project for Development Application approval.

Community engagement has commenced, starting with a door knock and mail-out to local residents and neighbouring properties, followed by an on-site information session in November 2019.

Next steps

To ensure the solar farm project reflects the desires of the community we would like to get your feedback.

Use the online Guestbook to provide your comments before 28 February 2020 for them to be considered in the detailed feasibility assessment.

Comments may be left after this date to contribute to the community discussion.

There will be further opportunities for the community to provide feedback prior to a development application being submitted.

Are you a resident or property owner in the Myocum area? Do you have any questions, concerns or feedback on the proposed solar farm for the 1 Dingo Lane, Myocum site?

Byron Shire Council is seeking information from Myocum residents to help shape a long-term sustainable solution for reducing Council's carbon emissions and explore in detail the feasibility of a large scale solar project in this community.

Your feedback will be considered by Council prior to a development application being submitted.

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I am opposed to this size of the proposal for the following brief reasons:1. Financially reckless for a local council that claims to be destitute. 2. No business case - who in Byron Shire will benefit?3. Potential illegitimacy of change to BSC's function from provision of local services and infrastructure to electricity generation.4. Not a priority for Shire residents who wanted improvement to roads, drains and other infrastructure up to minimum safety standards.

Greg Davies 26 days ago

Hi folks, thanks for all the comments so far just some short responses - if you would like a response directly to you please send me an email (details on the right).I will try and respond below as I am able from existing project information;1) likely cost - current cost estimate is about $12M. 2) Payback - 10-15 years (we are currently investigating this further) 3) source of funding - Council hasn't yet identified the funding source 4) Carbon footprint of installation - we will be working with contractors to understand this and consider what we can do during the project to reduce the emissions from construction 5) Should Council be building solar farms? the construction of solar farms by councils is become more common to reduce emissions and manage the price risk of electricity. The case for a Council to build any solar installation is similar to the case for building one on your home (just at a larger scale) 6) Power line and masts. This is currently being investigated and further detail will be provided at a later stage, there are existing lines and masts to the site and it is unlikely there will be much extension 7) Glare; council has received a glare and visual impact assessment report on the proposed solar and will soon engage the local residents about the outcomes, standard practice is to reduce glare where it exists by plantings so there is no ongoing impact, in general panels are design to catch the sun, not reflect it and some panel designs will 'tilt' to follow the sun and therefor have no glare. These options are being considered by Council 8) cattle under panels; we are investigating with potential contractors about various options under the solar panels. At this stage the heights of the panels, and need to fence the farm, make cattle unlikely but this has not yet been ruled out 9) flood risk / debris loading. We have engaged specialist flood engineers to model this and are working with out contractors to ensure that the solar farm is designed to protect against this risk 10) energy grid upgrades - we have received preliminary advice from essential energy about this and are currently completing a further study 11) construction time and traffic - we are working with construction companies to understand this and will include a traffic impact assessment in our planning work12) Australian precedents see https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/resources/project-tracker as there's lots of information there about current and existing solar farm projectsI hope that's all helpful, please contact me via email if you'd like more information or a direct response.

Andrew Swan (Project Manager for Council) about 2 months ago

What a good idea. I wonder if you could tell us the cost and likely time it will take to repay the capital cost?

Mary Fox about 2 months ago

PLEASE FIX ROADS!No more diversions to Dingo 😡UPPER MAIN ARM RD is deplorable, overgrown, potholed, corrugated &CIn short a DEATH TRAP

Rog about 2 months ago

At the risk of being labeled a " Climate Denier " can I ask !/. How much will this cost, 2/. Where is the money coming from 3/. will there be a realistic payback period before it all needs replacing ? 4/. what is the carbon foot print of such an installation ? 5/. is this really what a Local council should be spending rate payers funds on ?The same can be asked of the Council Chamber car park solar installation

Ashley Thomas about 2 months ago

Go Byron Council! This is a great project and I wish you every success for all our sakes. Not a Myocum resident but nearby and we need this.

katrina shields about 2 months ago

I think it's a brilliant idea to help reduce power and carbon emissions. And in no way do i think solar farms look unsightly. Go team!

Pete W about 2 months ago

I fully support the plan for a solar farm. Just get going and work it all out ASAP. I can't comment on the specific area but please take note of what surrounding residents say.

Margie about 2 months ago

Excellent, the sooner we reach zero emissions the better.

Sama about 2 months ago

I love this idea and fully support any efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.

Aya about 2 months ago

Dear councilcan you please provide some images of the power line and the masts. How will that look like?Thank you and kind regardsAmie San

Amie San about 2 months ago

I'm all for renewable energy. I live in Myocum northwest of the proposed site. My only concerns with this project is how long it will take and the increased traffic to and from the construction site, as well as any upgrades that will be needed to feed the power generated into the grid.

Jay about 2 months ago

I fully support this. Our region uses a lot of electricity during the day when the sun is shining (air conditioners, lights, computers) - 7 days a week. As the owner of 2 solar power systems, I understand the concepts and encourage Council to push ahead.

JimByron about 2 months ago

Great idea

Michelle Lowe about 2 months ago

I live west of the proposed Solar farm at the west end of Dingo Lane.I support council's initiative but am concerned about potential glare along the whole doorbell/Coolamnon Scenic drive ridge. It is very important to me that I do not have constant glare from the panels. I suggest siting the panels facing due north will impact the least on most surrounding and nearby residents. Please respond.

pw about 2 months ago

I support this proposed solar farm project

Francis Cooper about 2 months ago

Seems like a fantastic idea. Are there any efficient and community embraced Australian precedents that we can look at to help make an informed decision?

Celiacheetham 2 months ago

Would be great to make sure Solar panels are able to have cattle grazing underneath. Also flood risk washing down stream is taken into account. The plains on dingo lane can have very strong flood waters and often have debris from trees and farm fencing carried across them.

johan.kortenhorst 2 months ago