Newsletter, February 2016

18 January 2016

New site manager Kym Dodd

We would like to welcome the new site manager for the Capital Renewable Energy Precinct, Kym Dodd. Kym has extensive experience with wind energy technology, in a variety of wind farm servicing and operational roles at Vestas over the past 9 years. Kym has electrical and mechanical trade qualifications, and experience as a Senior Travel Service technician, servicing wind farms across the Asia-Pacific.
Andrew Milne, the outgoing site manager, continues in the role of Technical Services Manager in the Sydney office.

Development Pipeline: Capital Solar Farm

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced that 22 large-scale solar projects have been short-listed as candidates for its $100-million solar photovoltaic funding. Of those projects, two are owned by Infigen Energy: the 42.4 megawatt Manildra solar farm and the 39 megawatt Capital solar farm.

Infigen Energy Development Manager Anna Cain said “The ARENA shortlist announcement recognises the quality of Infigen’s solar farm development in the Capital region. Solar power is clean, cost effective and generates when electricity is needed. This is a big step in the execution of this project which will bring employment and community benefits to the Capital region, leveraging NSW’s leading position in the solar industry”.

You can find more information about the Capital solar farm project here.

You can read more about ARENA’s short-list here.

Capital Community Fund

The Capital Community Committee is due to hold a meeting in March 2016. If you would like to make a submission to be considered at this meeting, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us,

The good, the bad, the ugly: We know you have things to tell us

You can take our anonymous online survey to give comments about our wind farms and our staff. All responses are treated as confidential. You can complete the survey online here.

Paris Conference Agreement is cause for optimisim

Australia, China, India, the USA and 191 other nations have committed to an agreement to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees, and if possible, 1.5 degrees. The agreement asks countries to reduce their emissions and review their targets every five years.

This is good news for new Australian clean energy technology. A global agreement supports local businesses building technology like wind and solar, alongside the benefits of a cleaner environment and sustainable businesses.

We want to show that we “walk the talk”. That is why Infigen committed to setting emissions reduction targets each year and putting in place a carbon price. There are some big Australian companies who already do this. Westpac was the first company in Australia to set an internal carbon price of US$10 per tonne of carbon emissions.

Infigen Energy CEO Miles George was at the Paris climate conference, and said that Australia’s power sector was the ‘elephant in the room’: “For all the talk of innovation, Australia still relies on 1950s’ technology to deliver about three quarters of its power requirements. That proportion of our power generation fleet is already beyond its design life, and Australia remains host to the world’s dirtiest, heavy emitting power stations.” You can read his blog post, ‘What next after Paris?’ here.