Infigen and Local Community to assess the feasibility of a wind co-op

29 September 2011

Infigen announced today that it is seeking community feedback on the feasibility of a wind farm co-operative (co-op) as part of its proposed Flyers Creek Wind Farm near Orange, New South Wales. The proposed co-op would provide the local community with the opportunity to have a direct financial stake in Australia’s growing renewable energy sector.

As part of growing community support for renewable energy, community owned wind farm co-ops are being developed around the world and are part of a growing trend in Australia.

Infigen is organising a public meeting on 13 October 2011 at Duntryleague with the aim of establishing a community stakeholder group to assess the feasibility of a co-op at the proposed Flyers Creek Wind Farm. The meeting will give local residents the opportunity to discuss the proposal with Infigen, ask questions and provide input on how the co-op could be developed.

Local and community ownership of wind projects, ranging from full ownership of small projects to smaller levels of participation in larger projects, can bring significant benefits to the local community and economy. “Should the wind turbine co-op proceed, it would provide the local community with the opportunity to financially benefit from the Flyers Creek Wind Farm project,” said Jonathan Upson, Senior Development Manager.

The community stakeholder group, with Infigen’s support, would be responsible for developing the co-op proposal. It is intended that the stakeholder group would seek regular feedback from the local community.

“Offering the opportunity to own a “share” of a wind turbine and be part of a wind energy project will give the local community the opportunity to play an active role in Australia’s transition to renewable energy,” said Marju Tonisson, Communications Coordinator. The co-op should also serve to improve the community’s understanding of wind turbines and the electricity market in which they operate.

The Australian Government has set a target to generate 20 percent of our electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. Involving communities in wind power generation has a significant part to play in meeting these targets and Infigen is aiming to be at the forefront of this campaign.

Infigen looks forward to engaging with the local community to assess the feasibility of a co-op at the proposed Flyers Creek Wind Farm.

The public meeting will be held at 5:30pm (for a 6:00pm start) at Duntryleague on Woodward Street in Orange, NSW, on Thursday, 13 October 2011.

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For further information please contact:
Marju Tonisson, Communications Coordinator
Tel +61 2 8031 9900