The City of Fremantle is hoping to develop a large-scale solar farm at the landfill site adjacent to South Beach Estate in South Fremantle. The City of Fremantle has had an exclusive working agreement with Australian-based company Epuron since 2015. Since then Epuron has progressed environmental and other regulatory approvals for the solar farm, which would be fully funded by Epuron. Once development approvals and an agreed lease (of 20 -25 years) is in place construction will commence with the solar farm operational by late 2018 or early 2019.
The proposed site for the Solar Farm was operated by the City of Fremantle as landfill between the 1930s and the 1990s. During that period uncontrolled fill included domestic, industrial and likely quarantine waste was deposited on the site. Under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003, the site is classified as contaminated – remediation required. The community has expressed strong concerns over potential adverse health and environmental impacts if a clean-up of the site were to occur through a ‘dig out and dump’ approach. In any event, studies show this is not currently financially viable. A management plan for the site is currently in place which includes regular groundwater testing and monitoring of gases which would continue during operation of the solar farm.
Proposed location of the Solar Farm, covering approximately 8 ha of the 19.4 ha contaminated site
The Solar Farm will produce up to 4.9 MW of power and is in line the recommendations of the City’s draft energy plan and as well as its One Planet commitment of carbon neutrality for corporate emissions to 2020 and the aim of being 100% powered by renewables by 2025. Epuron has not yet completed final equipment selection for the site, however it is more likely that the solar panels will be fixed in place. There will be negligible noise or movement on the site once the solar farm is operational. Minimal construction disturbance will managed through an approved construction management plan which will detail control measures to minimise dust and noise during construction phase.
The Hollis park path way and the landscaping in that area will remain untouched.
If you have any further queries, please refer to the City’s website.
South Fremantle Precinct Meeting 22 May 2018 630pm at the Local Hotel
South Beach Community Group members have been invited to attend a meeting held by our neighbours at the South Fremantle Precinct. The meeting will be held at the Local Hotel at 630pm on the 22 May 2018. Mayor Brad Pettit and council staffers will be in attendance to update residents on the South Fremantle Solar Farm.
Minutes: Community Meeting 29 April 2018
|Cr Jon Strachan from the City of Fremantle apologised that South Beach Community communication has obviously not been sufficient given the number of concerns raised by members of our community. Jon actually lives downwind on a SW breeze of the contaminated site and therefore also has very personal interest in ensuring that the construction of the solar farm does not present a safety risk.
He was involved in the original community consultation for the site prior to becoming a Councillor and from that consultation overwhelming community opinion was that no dig and dump on the site was a priority for community. That consultation identified that passive use of the site was the best option; initially a wind farm was considered however a solar farm was established as the best option for the site.
Louise Ainsworth from the City of Fremantle outlined the Project timeline and future stages prior to final approval and construction of the South Fremantle Solar Farm. Detailed information including frequently asked questions can be found on the City of Fremantle’s website. Important to note that when queries have been raised with the City of Fremantle, answers have been uploaded to the solar farm FAQ.