Solar plan gathering steam
THE City of Fremantle is one step closer to approving the final business plan for an urban solar farm at a former landfill site.
The finance, policy, operations and legislation committee recommended the plan be approved at its meeting last week.
According to a report from the Department of Water and Environment Regulation, the former landfill site along Cockburn Road is classified a contaminated site because sand caps that cover the waste may include asbestoscontaining material.
If approved by Fremantle Council, the lease would be 25 years, with rent reviews every three years to allow the City to instigate commercial rent if its profitability increased.
The lease would not be executed until all approvals are granted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation for both the development and lease to Eupron.
The report said separate council processes and more community consultation would take place about environmental concerns.
“Environmental concerns and conditions of development approval are being dealt with through preparation of site and construction management plans,” the report said.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was excellent the proposal was at the council but reiterated that a final decision had not been made.
“The lease will only be signed if it can be shown it can be done safely,” he said.
Currently Eupron is working to secure Western Power approval, a power purchasing agreement and environmental approvals.