Newsletter, October 2016

20 October 2016

New Site Manager

We are pleased to welcome Michael Johnson as the Capital Renewable Energy Precinct Site Manager. Michael joined Infigen on 10 October 2016 and has had a remarkable career working with Vestas since 2004. Most recently as a travel technician, which has seen him work on a number of wind farms is Australia, as well as in many locations around the world. Please join us in welcoming Michael in the community.

Site Manager, Michael Johnson

Run with the Wind 2016

This year’s fun run at the Woodlawn wind farm saw 483 entries in the 5km and 10km runs. There were the very young, serious athletes, as well as families pushing prams, and of course the young at heart. Hundreds of participants and spectators enjoyed the food tent provided by the awesome Tarago Rural Fire Service, fresh coffee and the opportunity to ask questions of the Australian Wind Alliance team.

Run with the WInd 2016

Martin Dent took out the 10km race in 36.38 minutes. Martin is a marathon runner and Olympian and this is his fourth straight win. Elizabeth Humphries was the first female to cross the finish line in 42.30 minutes.

Infigen, who is the owner of the Woodlawn wind farm, monitors the operations from its Sydney control centre 24/7. The top wind speed reported during the event was 20 metres per second at 11.24am. While the runners were making their way from the start to the finish line, the Woodlawn wind farm generated over 200 megawatt hours of electricity between 9am and 2pm. This is equivalent to powering 44,444 homes/hour.

Run with the WInd 2016

“A fun run in a wind farm is a great way to involve the local community in raising funds for their organisations, as well as inviting everyone to see and experience wind turbines up close,” said Marju Tonisson from Infigen.

“We are very grateful for the support of the volunteers from local community including the Tarago Country Women’s Association, Tarago Landcare Group and the Boro/Mt Fairy Rural Fire Brigade. In the future events we would like to see more local businesses to sell their produce, like olive oil, jams and preserves, and bakes and eggs. We don’t charge any fees and can offer space in our marquees to set up their shops,” said Marju Tonisson.

Run with the WInd 2016

The Woodlawn wind farm forms part of the 189 megawatt Capital Renewable Energy Precinct that also includes the Capital wind farm and the Capital East solar farm. The first 67 turbines at the Capital wind farm have been operational since January 2010, and the 23 wind turbines at Woodlawn became operational by October 2011.

The first Run with the Wind was held when the wind farm turned one.

Capital Community Committee

The Capital Community Committee received six applications in total and approved $11,000 to be shared between:

  • The Bungendore Spring Ball 2016 (Infigen team in the photo above)
  • The Bungendore Country Music Muster
  • The Bywong Community Playground Project
  • Tarago Sporting Association’s Recreational Outdoor Gym Equipment Project

Bungendore Spring Ball sponsored by the Committee

The next quarterly review will take place in December 2016. If you wish to submit your application, please fill in the forms available at here by 30 November 2016. If you wish to take part in the meetings of the committee, please express your interest by emailing here or calling (02) 8031 9908.

There were no concerns raised in relation to the proposed Capital 2 wind farm or Infigen’s operating Capital and Woodlawn wind farms at the Capital Community Committee meeting in September 2016.

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