Infigen Energy is committed to making a difference through positive contributions in each of the communities in which we operate, are part of and live in. Infigen aims to foster lasting relationships with non‑profit organisations by funding local initiatives, providing community support and through the ongoing development, implementation and maintenance of community engagement plans. Our priority is to maintain and strengthen the social licence to operate wind and solar farms in these communities. Infigen sponsors community projects that aim to make a positive difference in the areas of education, fire and police departments, social welfare, country shows, indigenous groups, sports clubs, art festivals and youth programs. View here to submit your request for sponsorship from Infigen Energy.
BODANGORA COMMUNITY FUND
Infigen has committed to contributing $50,000 to the Bodangora Community Foundation each year for the first 25 years of the operation of the wind farm.
For questions about future rounds of funding, please contact the Council’s Community and Recreation Division: (02) 6801 4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAREERTRACKERS INDIGENOUS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Career Trackers is a national non-profit organisation that creates private sector internship opportunities for Indigenous university students.
Infigen partnered with Career Trackers for the second year to provide two Indigenous Scholarships in Accounting and Finance.
You can find more information about the CareerTrackers program and how to get involved on their website.
UNSW CO-OP PROGRAM
The UNSW Co-op Program is a scholarship program developed by industry and the University of New South Wales in Australia as a strategic initiative to attract, train and develop outstanding young professionals.
Infigen Energy is a proud sponsor of the University of NSW Co-op Scholarship Program. Participation in this program provides engineering students with practice and hands-on experience throughout their studies.
Infigen Energy is the inaugural sponsor of the Renewable Energy Engineering Scholarship. Under this program we participate actively in a number of Co-op events including student selection panels, sponsor interview evenings, poster events and student induction events.
The Program offers a cohort of high achievers an opportunity to combine academic excellence, challenging real world experience, leadership and professional development training, mentoring and networking opportunities, all before they graduate.
Students are selected for the Program by panels of industry sponsors and UNSW staff on the basis of academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and communication skills and personal motivation.
You can find more information about the Co-op program, experience and scholar ambassadors on their website.
CENTRAL NSW RENEWABLE ENERGY CO-OPERATIVE
The Central NSW Renewable Energy Co-operative Ltd (CENREC) is an Australian first for community participation in large-scale renewable energy projects.
The concept of CENREC is simple: a local community co-operative will be established to raise funds to purchase a wind turbine in a commercial wind farm development project.
Recognising an opportunity to extend the economic benefits to all members of the community, Infigen assisted with setting up a community wind farm co-operative as part of its Flyers Creek wind farm proposal. This will be the first of its kind for a commercial wind farm development proposal in Australia.
The public launch of the co-operative was held on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, at the Flannery Centre in Bathurst, New South Wales.
On 30 May 2013, the New South Wales Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, announced that CENREC was one of nine community groups to receive a grant to fund planning and feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. The group received $60,000 to identify how to overcome barriers to generate opportunities for community renewable energy projects in Central NSW.
RUN WITH THE WIND COMMUNITY FUN RUN
Run with the Wind is a community fun run amongst the wind turbines at the Woodlawn wind farm near Tarago, New South Wales.
The purpose of the event is:
- To build community advocacy through participation and empowerment
- To provide a platform for raising awareness about renewable energy and experiencing wind turbines up close
Net proceeds from ticket and singlet sales go towards supporting the local communities. Since 2012 over $27,000 has been raised and shared between volunteers and community groups of Tarago and Bungendore.
Infigen Energy supports rural fire and police services.
Infigen funded the purchase of a fire truck for Taylors Creek Rural Fire Service in Tarago, New South Wales, and pays for the mains power to the fire shed, while continuing to support local fire services in Walkaway, Western Australia.