Advocates welcome Vic Parliament inquiry into community-owned renewable energy

Friends of the Earth and community renewables advocate Embark have welcomed the surprise announcement of a Victorian Parliament inquiry into community-owned renewable energy. “The Victorian Parliament’s inquiry into community energy is very welcome and will allow all political parties to … Continue reading Advocates welcome Vic Parliament inquiry into community-owned renewable energy

Fremantle Community Wind Farm fights for turbines at Port

The Fremantle Community Wind Farm has launched a new Thunderclap campaign in order to raise awareness about an incredible opportunity to generate renewable energy from within the Fremantle Port itself.

The development is expected to increase the productivity and sustainability of state-owned land at the site while also generating locals jobs and community profits.

To accomplish this the group would like to build eight new wind turbines, with an installed capacity of 6.4 MW, on unused land at Fremantle Port.

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Fremantle community wind farm proposal gains momentum

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I’m pleased to inform you that the Fremantle Community Wind Farm group has met its crowdfunding target to produce a series of educational films about its vision of a community-owned wind farm at the Port of Fremantle. The ease by which the group attracted funds is a good sign for the proposal. It will be a big morale booster for the local community members as they set out to follow in the footsteps of the Hepburn Wind and Denmark Community Wind Farm projects. The following post is by Jamie Ally, a leading member of the Fremantle Community Wind Farm group: 

The Fremantle Community Wind Farm: A vision for a energy independent and resilient local energy system.

The Fremantle Wind Farm is a project proposed for Fremantle Port, consisting of eight to 12 turbines placed around the outer harbour.  The City of Fremantle is notoriously windy, and with an eight-turbine design the wind farm would generate enough energy to power over 3000 homes. It will be community-owned so that profits remain within the community and a percentage of profits will be returned to community projects with compatible objectives.

The project is not new. It was first developed to the point of Planning Approval by Pacific Hydro a decade ago so the quality of the wind resource is well-established with years of wind data. However, the project did not proceed at that time because the previous development team was unable to reach an agreement with the Fremantle Port Authority for land access.   Continue reading “Fremantle community wind farm proposal gains momentum”

Community power given a boost by Australian Greens $100 million community renewable energy policy

Fund Community Energy - Greens policy launchYes 2 Renewables are a proud member of the Fund Community Energy campaign. The collaboration between the Community Power Agency, 40 community-owned renewable energy (CORE) groups from around Australia, and Yes 2 Renewables, has put the issue on the election agenda for the first time.

While the Greens have taken policy leadership by calling for a 100m community energy fund, yet it remains to be seen whether the Labor party and Coalition will support the burgeoning CORE sector.

Manny Pasqualini of Community Power Report was at the Melbourne policy launch. He writes: Continue reading “Community power given a boost by Australian Greens $100 million community renewable energy policy”