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.

  • Council starts engagement on proposed 5MW solar farm

    2 months ago
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    Published on 11 December 2019

    Community engagement about the proposed 5 megawatt solar farm on Council-owned land at 1 Dingo Lane, Myocum has started with an on-site information session held for local residents and neighbouring properties.

    A small group of residents and property owners attended the meeting with members of Council’s project team. A door knocking campaign and letterbox drop has also been completed in the Myocum area directly adjacent to and overlooking the proposed solar farm site which is on land next to the Resource and Recovery Centre.

    Council’s Project Manager, Andrew Swan, said the on-site meeting...

    Published on 11 December 2019

    Community engagement about the proposed 5 megawatt solar farm on Council-owned land at 1 Dingo Lane, Myocum has started with an on-site information session held for local residents and neighbouring properties.

    A small group of residents and property owners attended the meeting with members of Council’s project team. A door knocking campaign and letterbox drop has also been completed in the Myocum area directly adjacent to and overlooking the proposed solar farm site which is on land next to the Resource and Recovery Centre.

    Council’s Project Manager, Andrew Swan, said the on-site meeting was the first point of contact with key stakeholders and that communication would continue throughout the detailed feasibility stage of the Dingo Lane Solar Farm project.

    “Council is engaging with the community early so that there is a clear understanding of the perspectives of the Byron Shire community with regards to a solar farm of this size before Council commits to the DA process”, Mr Swan said.

    “It’s important to know of any potential impacts on the community so that Council can look at mitigation options and assess the overall risk versus the community benefit this solar farm project would bring.”

    When constructed, the 5MW solar farm will generate enough electricity to offset Council’s power usage and send additional renewable power back into the grid.

    Mr Swan said those who attended the meeting had been interested to learn more about potential glare and visual impacts of the solar panels, possibility of dual use of the site, dust and traffic issues from the existing unsealed road, funding and payback, alternative sustainable initiatives, flooding impacts and Council’s infrastructure priorities.

    “We’re currently conducting glare and flooding assessments of the proposed site and will share the findings of these reports with the community once received in the new year.”

    The project team is seeking input from any interested groups and individuals and plan to continue engagement of the wider community through additional meetings in early 2020.

  • Council investing in 5-megawatt solar farm for clean energy future

    2 months ago
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    Published on 31 May 2019

    Council’s plans for a huge 5-megawatt solar farm next to the Resource Recovery Centre at Myocum on Dingo Lane took a leap forward at the May Council meeting when $465,000 was committed to get the planning, design and tender process underway.

    Once constructed, the new solar farm would generate enough electricity to offset Council’s power usage and send additional renewable power to put back in to the grid.

    “It’s no surprise that I am extremely excited by the scale of this project and the benefits it will deliver to our community.

    “This will be the...

    Published on 31 May 2019

    Council’s plans for a huge 5-megawatt solar farm next to the Resource Recovery Centre at Myocum on Dingo Lane took a leap forward at the May Council meeting when $465,000 was committed to get the planning, design and tender process underway.

    Once constructed, the new solar farm would generate enough electricity to offset Council’s power usage and send additional renewable power to put back in to the grid.

    “It’s no surprise that I am extremely excited by the scale of this project and the benefits it will deliver to our community.

    “This will be the biggest solar farm this side of the range in NSW by a very long shot,” Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson said.

    “To give you some idea of the size - five megawatt solar farms can generate enough electricity for around 1000 households.

    “Our plan is to use the energy generated by this solar farm to help Council achieve 100% net zero emissions by 2025 and to be a leader in the region, and NSW, with renewable energy solutions for the future.

    “This is a serious project with the proposed solar farm to be built on approximately 13 hectares of land that is currently buffer land adjacent to the Byron Resource Recovery Centre,” he said.

    The solar panels will occupy 6.3 hectares of the 73.53 hectare property.

    “The allocation of $465,000 in the 2019/20 budget is a substantial investment and this means that once this initial feasibility work is done, we can immediately move straight into stage two which will be the actual construction of the solar farm.

    “The protection of the environment is a major consideration for our residents, and Councillors and staff, so to be able to turn this project from a concept, to something that is delivering immense benefit by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and using beautiful solar energy to power our organisation is a great outcome on so many levels.

    “This will save money in the long-run which in turn is a saving for our ratepayers and it is a key component identified in our Net Zero Emissions Strategy for Council Operations 2025,” Mayor Richardson said.

    “People may also be interested to know that in the next several months we will be installing a solar roof on the carpark next to the Council offices in Mullumbimby with this project expected to generate power to help offset Council’s energy charges and also contribute to reducing Council’s net emissions,” he said.

    Site studies and the procurement processes required to determine the detailed feasibility of the solar farm will progress during the next 12 months, including engagement with key stakeholders including neighbouring residents at Myocum. Based on the recent report to Council, and subject to the necessary approvals, construction could start around September 2020, with estimates for practical completion slated for May 2021.