Shopping malls powered by the wind? The Newcastle Herald reports that Waratah Village shopping centre in will be the first in New South Wales to generate it’s own electricity from small-scale wind farms:
WARATAH Village will become the state’s first shopping centre to draw power from on-site wind turbines.
Footings for the three 14-metre-high turbines are being prepared this week.
The turbines, which Newcastle City Council approved in 2011, will be lifted into place in April.
A spokesman for Nekon Pty Ltd said the company had successfully introduced similar turbines at several other shopping centres in Australia.
‘‘Wind turbines are proven initiatives in supplying renewable energy,’’ he said.
The Fund Community Energy campaign is urging the Federal Government to support the emerging community-owned energy sector with a $50 million grant fund. The campaign is now collecting signatures on a petition it will take to Parliament House in June.
The campaign believes politicians risk killing off the infant energy sector if they fail to establish a multi-million dollar Community Energy Fund.
“While community energy is growing quickly, the new sector they will need support if they are going to succeed,” said Nicky Ison of the Community Power Agency.
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This article is from the Macedon Ranges Weekly. Journalist: Angela Valente A WOODEND sustainability group is ramping up its campaign for a community-owned wind farm on the town’s southern edge. Unfazed that state laws disallow any new wind farm projects in the Macedon Ranges, the group says planning laws could change if the residents support the project. Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy (WISE) is proposing a three-turbine wind farm on land leased for a pine plantation on Fingerpost Road, just south of Woodend. The land is leased by the Hancock Timber Resource Group, which has indicated support for the project. The … Continue reading Woodend group grows push for wind farm