South Fremantle Solar Farm


Are you looking for more information about the proposed South Fremantle solar farm? This is the place to visit for regular updates and to find information about the project.


The City of Fremantle has been investigating environmental, land use and management options for the former South Fremantle landfill site since 1985.

In consultation with the community, two land use plans were prepared as part of a feasibility study in 2003-2004, but neither plan was financially viable.

Due to the level of contamination on the site and the expected cost of remediation it is unlikely any development of the site will be viable for the short to medium term.

As the City is required to restrict access to the site it is unsuitable for use as public open space.

In 2013 the Council resolved to investigate the possibility of developing a solar farm on the site and to call for expressions of interest from parties willing to explore the idea and potentially develop such a facility.

The process since the City called for expressions of interest is shown on the timeline to the right.


How can I find out more?

We've compiled an extensive list of frequently asked questions, and you may find detailed information in the document library.

If you have questions that are not answered here or would like more information about the solar farm, you can email communityengagement@fremantle.wa.gov.au



Are you looking for more information about the proposed South Fremantle solar farm? This is the place to visit for regular updates and to find information about the project.


The City of Fremantle has been investigating environmental, land use and management options for the former South Fremantle landfill site since 1985.

In consultation with the community, two land use plans were prepared as part of a feasibility study in 2003-2004, but neither plan was financially viable.

Due to the level of contamination on the site and the expected cost of remediation it is unlikely any development of the site will be viable for the short to medium term.

As the City is required to restrict access to the site it is unsuitable for use as public open space.

In 2013 the Council resolved to investigate the possibility of developing a solar farm on the site and to call for expressions of interest from parties willing to explore the idea and potentially develop such a facility.

The process since the City called for expressions of interest is shown on the timeline to the right.


How can I find out more?

We've compiled an extensive list of frequently asked questions, and you may find detailed information in the document library.

If you have questions that are not answered here or would like more information about the solar farm, you can email communityengagement@fremantle.wa.gov.au


  • Additional FAQs Added

    about 1 month ago

    The City of Fremantle and Epuron have recently received further questions about site management for the proposed South Fremantle solar farm.

    The new questions and answers have been added to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section as Section 12 - Additional questions received July-August 2019. Question 12.9 refers to a 2016 Offsite Landfill Gas and Vapour Investigation conducted by GHD. This report is also now available in the document library. Please note before downloading that the report has been compressed but is still over 50MB.

    All other relevant documents - including the SMP/CEMP and the Auditor’s Report (MAR) are also available for download in the document library.


    The City of Fremantle and Epuron have recently received further questions about site management for the proposed South Fremantle solar farm.

    The new questions and answers have been added to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section as Section 12 - Additional questions received July-August 2019. Question 12.9 refers to a 2016 Offsite Landfill Gas and Vapour Investigation conducted by GHD. This report is also now available in the document library. Please note before downloading that the report has been compressed but is still over 50MB.

    All other relevant documents - including the SMP/CEMP and the Auditor’s Report (MAR) are also available for download in the document library.


  • Update on Community Information Session

    3 months ago

    As previously advised the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has accepted the Contaminated Sites Auditor’s recommendation that the South Fremantle Landfill site is suitable for use as a Solar Farm - providing the Site and Construction Environmental Management Plan (SMP/CEMP) is adhered to.

    As promised, the City of Fremantle and Epuron will be arranging a community information session to help explain and answer any questions on the site management requirements.

    In order to best answer the very specific site management questions which are arising, the City and Epuron have agreed the meeting would be most helpful if it were held when a contractor has been appointed.

    This is likely to occur later in the year. We will provide notification once a date has been set.

    In the meantime, you can view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), including information on:

    • Q 6.1 How will the panels be laid out and does the final design disturb the bund?
    • Q 10.2 The Site Management Plan (SMP) is quite a large document, where can I find the information I’m looking for?

    All the relevant documents - including the SMP/CEMP and the Auditor’s Report (MAR) are also available for download in the document library.


    As previously advised the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has accepted the Contaminated Sites Auditor’s recommendation that the South Fremantle Landfill site is suitable for use as a Solar Farm - providing the Site and Construction Environmental Management Plan (SMP/CEMP) is adhered to.

    As promised, the City of Fremantle and Epuron will be arranging a community information session to help explain and answer any questions on the site management requirements.

    In order to best answer the very specific site management questions which are arising, the City and Epuron have agreed the meeting would be most helpful if it were held when a contractor has been appointed.

    This is likely to occur later in the year. We will provide notification once a date has been set.

    In the meantime, you can view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), including information on:

    • Q 6.1 How will the panels be laid out and does the final design disturb the bund?
    • Q 10.2 The Site Management Plan (SMP) is quite a large document, where can I find the information I’m looking for?

    All the relevant documents - including the SMP/CEMP and the Auditor’s Report (MAR) are also available for download in the document library.


  • Environmental Approvals received

    4 months ago

    The City of Fremantle has received advice that Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has accepted the Contaminated Sites Auditor’s recommendation that the South Fremantle landfill site is suitable for use as a solar farm, providing the Site Management Plan (SMP) and Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) are adhered to.

    The City of Fremantle and Epuron will be arranging a community information session to help explain and answer any questions on the site management requirements.

    All relevant documents - including the Site and Construction Management Plans and the Auditor’s Report are now available in the document library. We’ve also provided more frequently asked questions including a summary of requirements in the SMP/CEMP and a guide as to where to find specific information in the documents.


    The City of Fremantle has received advice that Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has accepted the Contaminated Sites Auditor’s recommendation that the South Fremantle landfill site is suitable for use as a solar farm, providing the Site Management Plan (SMP) and Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) are adhered to.

    The City of Fremantle and Epuron will be arranging a community information session to help explain and answer any questions on the site management requirements.

    All relevant documents - including the Site and Construction Management Plans and the Auditor’s Report are now available in the document library. We’ve also provided more frequently asked questions including a summary of requirements in the SMP/CEMP and a guide as to where to find specific information in the documents.


  • Business Plan Approved by Council

    12 months ago

    A report on the South Fremantle Solar Farm Business Plan was considered by the City of Fremantle’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation (FPOL) Committee on Wednesday 12 September 2018 and Council on Wednesday 26 September 2018. Council approved the Business Plan, you can view the Council minutes here.

    The City of Fremantle will not sign the lease until Epuron has met all conditions of the development approval and all environmental approvals. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) must approve the lease and will not do so unless it is satisfied with the plans for site management.

    Epuron will amend its site management plan and prepare a construction management plan in accordance with the City and the auditor’s requirements. The revised documents will be made available to the public prior to commencement of construction, via this project page.

    A report on the South Fremantle Solar Farm Business Plan was considered by the City of Fremantle’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation (FPOL) Committee on Wednesday 12 September 2018 and Council on Wednesday 26 September 2018. Council approved the Business Plan, you can view the Council minutes here.

    The City of Fremantle will not sign the lease until Epuron has met all conditions of the development approval and all environmental approvals. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) must approve the lease and will not do so unless it is satisfied with the plans for site management.

    Epuron will amend its site management plan and prepare a construction management plan in accordance with the City and the auditor’s requirements. The revised documents will be made available to the public prior to commencement of construction, via this project page.

  • South Fremantle Solar Farm Business Plan out for comment

    by Admin, over 1 year ago

    Under the Local Government Act, any major land transaction requires the City to prepare a Business Plan.

    This plan must be advertised for six weeks to allow for community input. This period formally commenced on 10 May 2018 will be open until 21 June.

    Review and comment on the business plan

    Under the Local Government Act, any major land transaction requires the City to prepare a Business Plan.

    This plan must be advertised for six weeks to allow for community input. This period formally commenced on 10 May 2018 will be open until 21 June.

    Review and comment on the business plan