NEWS

Wind farm’s Community Fund recommended for approval

17 October 2017

Bodangora wind farm’s $2.1 million Community Benefit Fund has been recommended by Dubbo Regional Council’s Infrastructure, Community and Recreation Committee, paving the way for final approval at next week’s October Ordinary Meeting.

Infigen Energy’s landmark contribution will ensure that $50,000 is made available to the Wellington community for each of the first 25 years of operation of the wind farm.

Round 1 has been earmarked for a community group grants program to deliver social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits to local communities of the Wellington district.

Infigen Energy Operations and Projects Executive General Manager Tony Clark is pleased with the endorsement which confirms the energy company’s commitment to the region.

“We are delighted with the decision made by the Council, our payments into the Bodangora Community Fund over the life of the wind farm fund are expected to be worth over $2 million. The fund is a way for the project to provide meaningful financial assistance to local projects and initiatives,” he said.

“The purpose of the fund is to help local community groups and organisations, as well as make a contribution towards road local construction and maintenance.”

The move to flow funds into the local community comes just days after pouring of the first foundation on-site.

“Work is currently underway to construct the roads, bases and substation, in order to ensure that the majority of the infrastructure works are completed ready for delivery of the wind turbines,” Mr Clark confirmed.

A consortium of General Electric and CATCON, along with local contractors and suppliers, are undertaking construction works including the supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of 33 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 113.2 MW, providing enough energy to power 49,000 homes a year.

The $236 million project is expected to be fully commissioned in August 2018.

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For more information about the project, please contact Infigen Energy on 1800 917 372 or email bodangora@infigenenergy.com.