Five companies have been shortlisted by Byron Shire Council to progress to the design and construction documentation stage of a 5MW solar farm at Dingo Lane, Myocum.
The companies invited to participate in the early contractor involvement are: Autonomous Energy Pty Ltd, Todae Solar Pty Ltd, Solgen Energy Pty Ltd, Gildemeister LSG Pty Ltd and Coolamon Energy Pty Ltd. The project team will soon progress the procurement process for specialist consultants to carry out electricity grid modelling and prepare a DA for submission.
Mayor Simon Richardson said it was an opportunity to increase local employment in the renewable energy sector in the Northern Rivers region.
“We’ve talked about the need to diversify beyond a dependency on tourism and hospitality, which we do very well, and as we start moving into the renewable energy space it gives us an opportunity to potentially help support that local industry, to add to their expertise,” Mayor Richardson said.
Council is also engaging with local Aboriginal Traditional Custodians, the Arakwal People of Byron Bay, at this early planning stage of the project to investigate opportunities for employment and cultural projects on the proposed solar farm or other Council initiatives.