Global Wind Day celebrates renewable energy source

12 June 2018

The future of renewable energy will be celebrated around the world on June 15, Global Wind Day.

The occasion is about discovering the power of wind and the role it plays in the transformation to a lower emissions future around the world.

In Australia,15 new wind farms with a combined capacity of 547 MW were preparing for or already under construction in 2017. According to the Clean Energy Council’s 2018 report[1], this added 13% to the nation’s wind capacity, which reached 4,816 MW by the end of the year.

In the Wellington area, Infigen Energy’s Bodangora Wind Farm was the first renewable energy source to be established in the district.

“There is a long history of humanity harnessing the wind for transportation, water accessibility and food production. That has evolved into a clean and efficient source of energy,” the wind farm’s project manager Stuart Black explained.

Once completed, the Bodangora Wind Farm will feature 33 turbines generating up to 113.2 MW of power into the electricity network.

Mr Black said that excellent progress was being made at the wind farm, with construction on local farmland.

“The wind farm at Bodangora is quickly taking shape, with nine turbines installed and delivery of more than 60% of the components to site completed. Most structural foundations are in place, and the power substation is also finished.”

“The focus now is to continue installation of the towers.”

Infigen Energy is also contributing to the local area through the Bodangora Community Benefit Fund, now in its second round.

“This fund will make a real difference to community projects in Wellington with $1.25 million earmarked for the Fund for the first 25 years of operation,” Mr Black said.

“It is very pleasing that the first contributions from the Community Benefit Fund have had a direct financial benefit for community groups and not-for-profit organisations that work so hard to make a difference.

“We encourage as many groups as possible to consider applying for funding and as many positive projects go ahead as the first round,” Mr Black said.

Applications are open until 5pm, Monday 2 July 2018 (AEST).

More information and application forms are available through Dubbo Regional Council here.