Renewable energy is a mainstream election issue in the hotly-contested seat of Macedon. Anti-wind farm laws introduced by the Coaltion government in 2011 have hit the Macedon Ranges hard. A large-scale blanket ban on wind farms now cuts across the electorate. The anti-wind farm … Continue reading Voices of Macedon: Community consultation missing on key planning issues
Renewable energy is a mainstream election issue in the hotly-contested seat of Macedon. Anti-wind farm laws introduced by the Coaltion government in 2011 have hit the Macedon Ranges hard. A large-scale blanket ban on wind farms now cuts across the electorate. The anti-wind farm … Continue reading Voices of Macedon: No consultation on wind farm ban
Renewable energy is a mainstream election issue in the hotly-contested seat of Macedon. The Coaltion’s anti-wind farm laws have hit the Macedon Ranges hard. They have cost the region jobs, investment and killed off a community wind farm proposal. The seat of Macedon … Continue reading Voices of Macedon: Dispelling wind turbine myths
The momentum for a big push into community solar projects appears to be gathering pace, with several different organisations planning public launches in the next month, and suggestions that several dozen projects could be built on NSW rooftops in coming years. Continue reading “Community solar may be next big thing in Australian renewables”
It’s Good Friday today so it’s a perfect time for Yes 2 Renewables to feature a good news story.
Taryn Lane, community officer for Hepburn Wind, recently returned from a speaking tour of Japan were she briefed university researchers, policymakers, and community organisations about the community-ownership model for renewable energy. The highlight of Taryn’s trip was a community meeting attended by more than 300 enthusiastic people keen to understand how a community-wind energy project can get off the ground. Lane’s trip has fostered strong links between Daylesford and Japan, and was a strong reason for the Fukushima Youth Delegation’s visit to the Hepburn Wind farm.
The following is a report by Taryn Lane:
This week, twelve students from Fukushima visited the Hepburn Wind farm for a glimpse of the clean energy future they want to build in their disaster stricken province in Japan.
It has been nearly two years since the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Incident. The disaster and its aftermath continues to burden Fukushima residents, especially the children. Radioactivity is one of the key issues that the student delegation face. Continue reading “Hepburn Wind hosts Fukushima Youth Delegation on clean energy fact finding mission”
Wind farm debate revs up
THE colossal turbine blades at eight wind farms are currently rotating across Victoria, creating enough power for about 200,000 homes.
Although more will be finished by the end of 2012, the issue continues to place a deep rift between communities.
Harnessing wind offers a valuable renewable energy source, but noise, health and aesthetic complaints over turbines are still surfacing.
Will a solution to the debate ever be reached?
At Ballarat – near what is one of the biggest wind farm in Australia at Waubra – Andrew Bray has been helping to organise the official launch of the Victorian Wind Alliance.
It’s a new organisation that supports wind farming and he is one of the eight committee members across the State.
This week the alliance put out a call to Victorians who support the energy source to use town meetings and social media to make their voices heard. Continue reading “Stock & Land: ‘Wind farm debate revs up’”
Hepburn Wind press release, 6 November 2011 The Hepburn Community Wind Farm, at Leonards Hill in Hepburn Shire, was declared officially open yesterday when 10 year old Neve Bosher of St Augustine’s School in Creswick cut a massive ribbon wrapping … Continue reading 760 celebrate launch of Australia’s first community wind farm
This article, by Paddy Manning, appeared in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald on November 5, 2011. Ted Baillieu’s draconian anti-wind laws render many promising energy projects impossible. TODAY more than 500 people are expected in Daylesford to celebrate the launch of Hepburn Wind, a community-owned wind farm generating more than enough power for the 2000 local homes. The twin turbines were commissioned a few months ago and the launch is the culmination of six years’ effort and a $13.5 million investment. No matter how sunny the weather, a cloud will hang over the launch: Premier Ted Baillieu’s draconian anti-wind … Continue reading ‘Policy an ill wind that blows nobody any good’
5 Nov: you are invited to the Hepburn Community Wind Farm Launch Festival When: Saturday 5 November 2011 Time: 12.30 – 5.30pm Where: Hepburn Community Wind Farm, 2040 Ballan-Daylesford Rd, Leonards Hill. Entry: $5 on the gate (Hepburn Wind members … Continue reading November 5: Come to the Hepburn Community Wind Farm launch festival
Congratulations to everyone at Hepburn wind… We did it… and aren’t they elegant! Strong winds slowed us down, but did not stop construction. Our two turbines are now standing tall and ‘free-wheeling’ awaiting connection to the grid. The electrical team is busily working to connect up and test the wind farm and we expect to flip the switch and begin generating clean, safe power into the grid before the middle of the year. We are incredibly impressed by the lifting team of REpower and their many subcontractors. We especially enjoyed getting to know Marco, who has overseen the erection of … Continue reading Hepburn Wind’s 2 turbines now up