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.

The community is invited to ask further questions about the Dingo Lane Solar Farm project in this public online platform, prior to the tender selection process. The closing date for questions is 18 May 2020. 

Questions will be answered publicly by the Project Manager. Community feedback will be incorporated into the DA submission.

Alternatively, private submissions can be made direct to the project team by selecting the Make a Submission tab.  

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    Can you identify what screening will be provided on the western and northern boundary - vegetation - meaning a solid hedge? or large trees? Is there a visual photo that shows the screening. We are 939 myocum road and visually impacted by the solar frames.

    KYLIE FORBES asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question. A preliminary glare assessment has been completed, which shows the need for screening along the western boundary in the case that a “fixed-frame” structure is used to support the panels. 

    Council is still comparing the benefits and costs and comparing “fixed” and “single-axis-tracking” structures.  The detail (tree or hedge or temporary fencing) of the screenings that are required has not yet been confirmed, but is currently being investigated. 

    Photomontages of the project are planned to be developed in the coming months. Stay tuned to this Your Say project page for the results of the investigations.