Dingo Lane Solar Farm, Myocum

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The Dingo Lane Solar Farm project is a 5 megawatt (maximum) 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.

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

The detailed feasibility assessment also commenced in November 2019 and included confirming factors which will affect design risk (soil, flooding, glare) and gaining important input from the local community.

Expressions of interest were called for the design and construction/operations and maintenance of the solar farm. Five companies have been shortlisted by Byron Shire Council to participate in the early contractor involvement and progress to the design and construction documentation stage.

Current stage

Community contributions and feedback on this project are now being evaluated and incorporated into the DA documentation.

The Project Team are coordinating the procurement process for specialist consultants to carry out electricity grid modelling and preparing the DA for submission. The outcomes of the community contributions will be summarised in the DA.

In the interim, the Project Team remain available to answer questions directly via the Q&A tab.

Next steps

A DA will be prepared and submitted for public exhibition.

The Dingo Lane Solar Farm project is a 5 megawatt (maximum) 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.

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

The detailed feasibility assessment also commenced in November 2019 and included confirming factors which will affect design risk (soil, flooding, glare) and gaining important input from the local community.

Expressions of interest were called for the design and construction/operations and maintenance of the solar farm. Five companies have been shortlisted by Byron Shire Council to participate in the early contractor involvement and progress to the design and construction documentation stage.

Current stage

Community contributions and feedback on this project are now being evaluated and incorporated into the DA documentation.

The Project Team are coordinating the procurement process for specialist consultants to carry out electricity grid modelling and preparing the DA for submission. The outcomes of the community contributions will be summarised in the DA.

In the interim, the Project Team remain available to answer questions directly via the Q&A tab.

Next steps

A DA will be prepared and submitted for public exhibition.

Guest Book

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.

How you can provide feedback

Please leave your feedback in the field below. Comments can be left anonymously.

Comments are now closed. Ask a question or forward a submission, until 18 May 2020.

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 4 months 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) 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago

Excellent, the sooner we reach zero emissions the better.

Sama 5 months ago

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

Aya 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago

Great idea

Michelle Lowe 5 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 5 months ago

I support this proposed solar farm project

Francis Cooper 5 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 5 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 5 months ago