Thursday, February 29, 2024

Byron council solar farm approved

Byron Shire Council’s Development Application for a 5-megawatt solar farm in Myocum has been approved by the Northern Regional Planning Panel.

The solar farm site is proposed for a 38 hectare parcel of Council-owned land, next to the Resource Recovery Centre at Dingo Lane.

“We are very excited about this approval from the NRPP because it takes us a step closer to delivering a local renewable energy solution that will massively reduce Council’s electricity-related carbon emissions,” said Mayor, Michael Lyon.

It’s envisaged the farm will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of  approximately 1,000 average-sized homes and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 6,750 tonnes – the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing approximately 2,250 cars off local roads annually.

“The next step is for Council to review what is the best course for delivery of this climate mitigation project and decide how best it should proceed.  We will report back to the community with updates on this.”

“Once built, this 5-megawatt solar farm would help us maintain our 100% renewable energy commitment, and provide a long term and reliable source of electricity for Council operations, and hopefully other local businesses too.  

“It would be a great win for Council, the community and our environment’s future,” the Mayor said.

A DA for the construction of the solar farm was submitted by Council to the NSW Planning Portal in March for determination by the Northern Regional Planning Panel.

For more information go to Council’s website.

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