Sponsorships

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.

ALINTA COMMUNITY FUND

The 2017 Alinta Community Fund is $13,000.

You can read about the selection criteria and download sponsorship application forms here. The following projects have been approved in the 2017 financial year.
Sponsorship Project Approved Funding Date
Walkaway Primary School Maths and Science Program $2,000 September 2016
Swans Hockey Club Junior Club Uniforms $2,000 September 2016
Centacare Family Services Christmas Fundraising $2,500 December 2016
Champion Bay Challenge Open Water Swim $1,650 December 2016
Geraldton Bowling Club Men's June Carnival 2017 $2,420 March 2017
Beachport Surf Life Saving Club $1,500 December 2016

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CAPITAL COMMUNITY FUND

The 2017 Capital Community Fund is $42,000.

You can read about the selection criteria and download sponsorship application forms here. The following projects have been approved in the 2017 financial year.
Sponsorship Project Approved Funding Date
Bungendore Rodeo: supporting the hampers $2,000 July 2016
Bungendore Pony Club: a new cross country jump course  $6,000 July 2016
Bungendore Spring Ball $3,500 September 2016
Bungendore Public School World Book Program $1,000 September 2016
Bywong Community Hall Playground Project $1,000 September 2016
Tarago Sporting Association Outdoor Gym Equipment $3,000 September 2016
Bungendore Country Music Muster $3,500 September 2016
Tarago Public School Kitchen Garden $4,000 December 2016
Captains Flat Public School Garden Gates $1,000 December 2016
Tarago Show Society - Tug of War 2017 $2,200 January 2017
Tarago Public School Library Upgrade $4,000 March 2017
Bungendore Showground Expansion $4,000 March 2017
St Andrews Tarago Porch Repair $3,200 March 2017

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LAKE BONNEY COMMUNITY FUND

The 2017 Lake Bonney Community Fund is $24,000.

You can read about the selection criteria and download sponsorship application forms here. The following projects have been approved in the 2017 financial year.
Sponsorship Project Approved Funding Date
South East Regional Netball Academy $3,300 July 2016
Blue Lake Fun Run Committee $1,000 September 2016
Millicent Show 2016 $3,000 September 2016
Millicent Bowling Club $1,400 December 2016
Rotary Club of Millicent - Photography Arts $1,000 December 2016
Beachport Surf Life Saving Club $1,500 December 2016
Millicent National Trust Museum Lighting $500 December 2016
Glenelg Football Club Heart Rate Monitors $1,320 December 2016
Tantanoola Football/Netball Club $1,100 December 2016
Millicent Football/Netball Club $1,100 December 2016
McArthur Park Kindergarten Sand Play Area $1,500 March 2017
Millicent Racing Club $1,000 March 2017
McLaughlin Park Sports New Changerooms $1,200 March 2017
 

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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, $22,500 has been raised and shared between volunteers and community groups of Tarago and Bungendore. To get involved, find out more on the event website and community Facebook page.

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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.

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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.

To find out more information about CENREC, visit their website or Facebook page.

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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.

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EMERGENCY SERVICES

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.

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IMAKI COMMUNITY ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT

Infigen Energy co‑sponsored the electrification of a remove village in Vanuatu with a sustainable, affordable and reliable natural power.

In July 2009, a project was conducted under the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) by Chris McGrath in 2009. McGrath travelled to Imaki, a remote village on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, and identified a pressing widespread need for modern energy services. He designed and installed a solution for one of the village’s community buildings and in July 2009 the system was successfully commissioned.

The primary goal of Imaki Community Electrification Project (ICEP) was to design and implement an appropriate and comprehensive solution to the prevailing lack of reliable energy services in Imaki, by integrating and building upon the existing hydro system installed by McGrath and SPREE in 2009. The sought after solution would negate the need for Imaki to import fossil fuels for energy.

Results of ongoing communication between Jacob Kapere of Imaki and SPREE agreed with McGrath’s subsequent findings - that many other buildings in village were still suffering due to a lack of electricity. Kapere’s integrated position in the community enabled SPREE to confirm the village’s willingness to undergo more civil works to alleviate this condition, and to host any Australian volunteers who might visit Imaki to contribute to its electrification.

Consultation with McGrath, Eden Tehan, the willingness of SPREE and contribution by Infigen Energy helped to facilitate a second project in Imaki, which enabled an installation that extended mains-quality electricity to an array of community-service buildings.

This project now provides power to the community’s health clinic, two schools, church and shop, and has given the community the opportunity to improve their quality of life.

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