Renewable energy projects


1.3MW Bioenergy Plant

Bioenergy is renewable energy made from biomass. Biomass is organic matter from commercial or farming activities that can be utilised for its highest available reuse value by being 'fed' into a bioenergy plant.  

Council has completed a Biomass Sources and Siting Assessment which identified the Shire's green waste and sewage treatment plant (STP) biosolids as potential feedstocks for bioenergy facilities. Other feedstock, such as the growing of crops specifically planted for use as bioenergy feedstocks, were also considered. We are investigating putting bioenergy facilities at our STP properties to process the feedstock materials. 

In late 2018 a Request for Tender sought responses from proponents for a feasibility-level engineering design and estimation of the total installed costs for one turnkey bioenergy facility. The scope of work under the proposed contract includes the design, supply, construction, commissioning and/or contract operations of proposed bioenergy facilities. The proposed timeframe is the end of 2020.

Brunswick Valley Sustainability Centre Management Plan(PDF, 10MB)

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Contact Bryan Green, Systems Environment Officer on 02 6685 9322

Large scale solar 

Dingo Lane solar farm
Aerial view of Dingo Lane Solar farm

Council-owned land at our Resource Recovery Centre at Myocum is being considered for a large scale ground-mounted solar farm. A site feasibility assessment identified that the site is suitable for a photo-voltaic solar facility of up to 5MW, which could be used to offset Council’s, and potentially the community’s emissions.

A 5MW solar system:

  • Generates enough energy to power the equivalent of  approximately 1000 average homes;
  • Reduces annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 6,750 tonnes;
  • Is the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing approximately 2,250 cars off our roads annually.

The area needed for a 5MW solar array is approximately five hectares or 12 acres.

We are now doing a detailed feasibility business case, to fully understand the investment proposition, community delivery model, project risks, implementation structure, funding and financing options, electricity retailing models, procurement pathway and timing.

More Information

Dingo Lane Solar Farm Project Factsheet (PDF, 2MB)

Contact Andrew Swan, Senior Project Manager on 02 6626 7000 or email 

Rooftop Solar

We have installed more than 200kW of rooftop solar across a range of assets including:

  • Byron Bay Library
  • Sandhills Childcare Centre
  • Cavanbah Centre
  • Resource Recovery Centre, Myocum
  • Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre

Council has a number of rooftop solar projects in the pipeline. We are installing rooftop solar on three of our sewage treatment plant sites, at Bangalow, Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. The projects should be completed in the 2019/20 financial year.

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Contact our Sustainability and Emissions Reduction Officer on 02 6626 7295

Brunswick Valley Sustainability Centre

The Brunswick Valley Sustainability Centre is envisaged to be a site for sustainable eco-pursuits, renewable energy technologies and innovative environmental processes. The site is on operational land owned by Council near the sewage treatment plant in Vallances Rd, Mullumbimby.

Council has adopted a Plan of Management to provide a framework for the management, development and future use of the Brunswick Valley Sustainability Centre, including a bio energy facility and solar energy farms.

Brunswick Valley Sustainability Centre(PDF, 10MB)

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Contact Bryan Green, Systems Environment Officer on 02 6685 9322

Electric Vehicle Strategy

Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy

The Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy(PDF, 9MB) was completed in November 2017 and provides an introduction to the benefits of electric vehicles and charging technology. It analyses the key challenges and solutions to enable further uptake of electric vehicles in the Northern Rivers, providing clear actions that local governments and business can take to encourage and facilitate a sustainable transport future. 

One of the key goals of the EV strategy is to establish a comprehensive network of charge stations in our region that will ensure EV users have reliable access to charge opportunities in the Northern Rivers region. In 2017, Council installed its first EV charging station in Byron Bay, and now has a second station in conjuction with the 99kW solar carpark in Mullumbimby. Council is currently reviewing the EV trial to investigate the benefits of incorporating an electric vehicle into the Council fleet.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Byron Shire residents and visitors have easy access to a range of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations. Council has installed two charging stations to assist users in accessing a range of travel distances to major towns and workplaces. 

Byron Bay Library EV Charging Station

The Byron Bay Library EV charging station is a Tritium DC fast charging station with charging cables, a 50kW CHAdeMO socket and a 50kW CCS2 socket. The station is located in the Library carpark at Cnr Lawson & Middleton Street, Byron Bay.

Byron Bay Library Electric Vehicle charging station is located in the Library carpark at Cnr Lawson & Middleton Street, Byron Bay.

Mullumbimby EV Charging Station

The Mullumbimby EV charging station is an AURA level 2 AC charging station with two Type 2 (3 phase) sockets. EV owners are encouraged to carry cables in their car as this charging station does not provide cables. The station is located in the Mullumbimby Administration Centre car park at 70-90 Station St, Mullumbimby.

Mullum Electric Vehicle Charge Station is located in the Mullumbimby Administration Centre car park at 70-90 Station St, Mullumbimby.

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Visit the EV Strategy for information regarding the full range of charging options currently available for public use in our Shire. 

Contact our Sustainability and Emissions Reduction Officer on 02 6626 7295 or

Mullumbimby Administration Building 99kW Solar Carpark

Byron Shire Council resolved in 2017 to be 100% net zero emissions (or carbon neutral) by 2025 and to source 100% of its energy through renewable sources by 2027. As part of this resolution, we installed a solar carpark structure at our Administration building at 70 Station Street, Mullumbimby in 2019. The structure provides around 20-25% of the building's daily electricity use as well as providing a shaded area for approximately 40 public carparks.

Tweed-based company, SAE Group, was engaged by Council to build the 99kW solar PV structure on the southern end of the carpark. Installed at the same time and powered by the system, is a public-use level 2 Electric Vehicle charging station. 

More Information

Contact our Sustainability and Emissions Reduction Officer on 02 6626 7295