Leonards Hill wind farm: first turbine goes up

Posted on March 20, 2011 by

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The following report comes from the Ballarat Courier and is un-usually positive reporting given the fact that the Courier often runs anti-wind news stories.

A great quote from Chairman of Hepburn Wind Simon Holmes a Court “Our project is not about building two wind turbines, it is about empowering local people to become engaged and active participants in responding to the challenge of climate change.”

You may want to add a comment to the end of the story on the Courier site.

Leonards Hill wind farm: first turbine goes up

The base of the first turbine goes up.

WINDY days will be welcomed with open arms in the future at Leonards Hill.

The small town, 10 kilometres south of Daylesford, became the first town in Australia to establish a community-owned renewable energy project on Saturday.

A 110-metre wind turbine was raised, to the delight of onlookers and the 1600 owners of the wind farm.

More than $8.7 million was invested by collective members as part of the $13 million project.

Hepburn Wind is behind the project – which is expected to generate more power than Daylesford uses each year.

Members of Hepburn Wind who invested in the project will share in the proceeds of the sale of electricity and the remainder of the money will be put towards a community fund.

Hepburn Wind member Kate Allsopp said she “loved the idea of the community owning our energy source”, while fellow member Belinda Martin said she “can’t wait to see our turbines spinning”.

Chairman of Hepburn Wind Simon Holmes a Court said the project was a culmination of six years’ hard work.

He said it was fantastic to see a community develop it without waiting for the government.

“Our project is not about building two wind turbines, it is about empowering local people to become engaged and active participants in responding to the challenge of climate change,” he said.

About 12,200 tonnes of CO2 are expected to be displaced each year.
Journalist: Pat Nolan