Yarra Ranges Council

Yarra Ranges Council 4.5MW Solar Landfill Feasibility

Council Landfill Solar Farm Feasibility

Solar landfill feasibility study exploring how to transform unproductive land near landfill sits into renewable energy solar farms.

Key Achievements:

  • Identified multiple sites for large scale solar farms on former landfill locations.
  • Coordinated inputs from waste team and environmental team.
  • Incorporated EPA feedback into concept design.
  • Held well attended community engagement session.
  • Assisted sustainability team to present business case to counsellors.


Technical design file of a solar and smart energy system.

Project Scope

  • Feasibility and Business Case.
  • Solar farm feasibility on landfill.
  • Biochar feasibility.
  • Wind energy review.
  • Community Consultation.
  • Presentations to council Strategic Leadership Team and to Councillors.

Project Details

  • 4.5 MW solar farm project scoped up across multiple council owned properties.
  • Review of former landfill sites and other non-productive land.
  • Ausnet connections to 22kV network.
  • Multiple community groups with an interest in renewable energy.
A man working on electrical schematics at an ergonomic desk
A man working on solar panels on a roof

Project Challenges

  • Identifying sites within the portfolio which are technically, environmentally and financially feasible.
  • Solar farm design on landfill which preserves the integrity of the cap.
  • Consultation with wide range of internal and external stakeholders at multiple hold points.
  • Presentation of findings in easy to understand format for wider consumption.

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